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   December 2nd, 2012 · 8 Disqus Comments ·
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Jose Krall is a master baker and owner of the Maui Bake Shop and Deli at the corner of Vineyard and Church in Wailuku. The Cessna craft he was piloting on Saturday went missing from radar.  Maui Now file photo.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 4:11 p.m. 12/2/12)

The Coast Guard has released the identity of the pilot aboard a private Cessna aircraft that went missing Saturday night as Jose Krall. Krall is the owner of the Maui Bake Shop & Deli in Wailuku.

Krall was believed to have been alone in the aircraft that was traveling from Maui to Molokai when it disappeared from radar at around 7 p.m. on Saturday, said Coast Guard officials.

Authorities from the US Coast Guard say a debris field that appears to be from an aircraft was located approximately two miles north of Maui, but confirmation that it is the missing Cessna has not been made. Included among the debris is a wheel that Coast Guard authorities say could match the aircraft.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, from Honolulu, and response boat crews from Coast Guard Station Maui continue to search the area for more signs of the Cessna 172S airplane and the pilot. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew searched Saturday night using an infrared sensor.

Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department conducted land searches without locating any signs of aircraft debris.

The public is asked to report the discovery of any aircraft debris to the Maui Police Department.

The Cessna 172S is a four-seat, single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft.

Aerial approach to Kahului Airport. File photo by Wendy Osher.

(Posted: 9:37 a.m. 12/2/12)

A debris field has been located by the US Coast Guard during a search for a missing private plane in waters off of Maui.

Authorities say the field appears to be from the missing 172S Cessna that disappeared from radar about 2.5 miles north of Maui’s North Shore at around 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

Officials with the US Coast Guard say the debris field is about two miles north of Maui, but confirmation that it is from the missing aircraft could not be made at last report.

The single engine craft was en route from Maui to Molokai when it was reported missing.  Coast Guard officials say it is unknown if anyone other than the pilot was aboard the fixed-wing four-seat aircraft.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, from Honolulu, and response boat crews from Coast Guard Station Maui continue searching the area today.

Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department have conducted land searches without locating any signs of aircraft debris.  The Coast Guard will advise the two agencies if additional help is required.

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  • Bryan

    I have to take my shoes off to get near a plane at the airport,but a private plane they don t even know how many people were on board.

    • Lokeana

      good point!

    • Sandy

      you take your shoes off for anti-terrorism procedures no one is going to hijack their own plane… really your comment makes no sense. it’s a “private plane”… even the name implies privacy.
      when filing a flight plan you’re not required to say how many people are traveling, when you taxi for departure you are supposed to radio in to tower how many “souls on board” so that rescue crews know how many people to look for but that information is passed along quickly and after clearing the pattern is often disregarded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wellington-Mot/100003174523374 Wellington Mot

    Jose was a good guy and the Maui Bake shop was his baby; RIP, condolences to his family.

  • Sorrow in Wailuku

    The Maui News site has a story up with heartfelt, revealing, intriguing comments from Claire, so, so sad. Prayers to the family.

  • MauiBliss

    We are so sorry for your loss, Claire. Gina and I both send our loving thoughts your way.

  • dennis

    What a loss for maui.

  • wendell martin

    luved talking story about Molokai with Josie.he luved the people and the Ina.Praise life


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