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Volunteers join search for missing Cessna

The search for a missing aircraft with three people aboard off the coast of Molokai continued Monday.

The Maui Fire Department said it conducted an aerial search for the Cessna 172, and also assisted between 40 to 50 volunteers with land- and shore-based searches.

The Coast Guard suspended its search operations at sunset Sunday after the aircraft disappeared from radar Friday night off Molokai. No debris from the plane or oil slicks have been found.

Aboard the Cessna were pilot Michael Childers and passengers John Mizuno and Whitney Thomas, all in their 20s.

The plane left the Molokai Airport and was headed to Oahu, and is believed to have crashed about 4 miles east of Ilio Point.

Childers and Thomas work as servers at Haleiwa Joe’s in Kaneohe, and Mizuno is Childers’ close friend. Thomas, 25, is a 2010 graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

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    • Allie – Even if true, why do you feel the need to have to say it? Not everything needs to be commented on. If this was your child, would you easily say the same thing? My heart goes out to these families and I don’t blame them for trying and holding on to hope. Perhaps this is their way of grieving. Although I agree with many of your comments, sometimes you can be very cold and heartless.

      • You did not read what I said. I am all for volunteers searching for a loved one and I feel for thier loss. But I agree with the assessment of the Coast Guard regarding the likelihood of a search being successful at this stage.

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