Updated at 5:07 p.m. to include Maui Fire Department release.
At around noon on Sunday Molokai firefighters located the crash site and wreckage of a small private aircraft that went down late Sunday morning 4 miles west of the Molokai Airport.
Crews did not find any survivors and confirmed two fatalities from within the aircraft.
Emergency crews received the call at 11:15 a.m. from the aircraft traffic control tower at Molokai Airport that they had lost communications from an aircraft that would have been around 3 to 4 miles west of the airfield at last contact.
While responding to the crash site, fire crews reported low cloud ceilings and fog that dipped down to ground level while on the Maunaloa Highway. It was not raining at the time.
At 12:12 p.m. firefighters located the crash site and wreckage of a small private aircraft in a remote location 4 miles to the west of the Molokai Airport. The site is about a half-mile east of the Molokai VOR, a navigational aid used by aircraft flying into the Molokai Airport during times of bad weather.
Workers from Molokai Ranch assisted crews by
opening locked gates so firefighters could gain access to remote areas to search for the missing aircraft.
Crews used small all-terrain-vehicles to reach the crash site because the heavily mudded roads from recent rains made it too difficult for larger fire trucks to pass.
The aircraft apparently caught fire and burned in the crash and firefighters had to fully extinguish areas that were still smoldering.
Firefighters and police will be removing the bodies from the aircraft this afternoon.
Molokai police will be securing the scene until federal investigators from the FAA and NTSB can arrive.
Original Island News Story published at 3:21 p.m.
A spokesperson with the Maui Fire & Public Safety Department said that a plane crash on Moloka’i Sunday morning left no survivors.
According to a spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration, “local authorities report that at least two people were on board.”
Maui Fire says that the private plane crashed about three-four miles west of the Moloka’i Airport . Fire crews and police are on the scene.
The FAA spokesperson said that the aircraft in question, a Cessna 206, crashed “under unknown circumstances” while flying towards the airport. He added that the aircraft was the subject of a search earlier in the day.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the crash.
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