Missing plane found in Mauna Loa forest

Missing plane found in Mauna Loa forest

There are 18 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Missing plane found in Mauna Loa forest. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

After six days of searching over land and sea, the wreckage of a missing tour airplane was discovered yesterday in dense vegetation 5,200 feet up the southwestern flank of Mauna Loa.

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RODNEY

AOL

#1 Jun 23, 2008
Good thing they found the airplane.
anonymous

Pomona, CA

#2 Jun 23, 2008
God speed all

“Phil 4:13”

Since: Apr 08

Wahiawa, HI

#3 Jun 23, 2008
mixed feelings on this one

sadness, I guess hoping they could still be alive.

closure, for the families.

God Bless
Howcum

AOL

#4 Jun 23, 2008
Didn't the campers not have any kind of communication with the anyone? You would think anyone in such a remote area would have something in case of emergency.
If I heard an airplane engine suddenly stop, I would think that something was wrong. There might have been survivors, but not after 5 days of unattended help.
kau Forest

Hilo, HI

#6 Jun 23, 2008
I've been in the remote Ka'u forests on many occasions.I know exactly where the plane went down.....Kaiholena/Wailau area. Planes fly over all the time. If the Nature Conservancy folks didn't here a loud bang or crash, it could easily be dismissed. You are talking about HUGE, dense forest that most Oahu folks have never ever seen. There was no fire or anything to indicate that something was wrong.
lil

United States

#7 Jun 23, 2008
My sincerest condolences
Brown man

Silver Spring, MD

#8 Jun 23, 2008
kau Forest wrote:
I've been in the remote Ka'u forests on many occasions.I know exactly where the plane went down.....Kaiholena/Wailau area. Planes fly over all the time. If the Nature Conservancy folks didn't here a loud bang or crash, it could easily be dismissed. You are talking about HUGE, dense forest that most Oahu folks have never ever seen. There was no fire or anything to indicate that something was wrong.
lucky the Helicopter search pilot had good eyes.
MakakiloHapaGirl

San Diego, CA

#9 Jun 23, 2008
My deepest condolences to all families involved.
Sylvester

Blair, NE

#10 Jun 23, 2008
I knew the pilot. Mr. Takahashi was one of the best flight instructors I've ever flown with and he will be terribly missed.
My condolences to his family and the passenger's families.
Island Boy

Canada

#11 Jun 23, 2008
...shouldn't there be some sort of a tracking device on tour planes or helicopters? If we can put them on cars, then why can't we do the same for airplanes and helicopters. Five days was very long to find the wreckage.
Kalani Schreiner

Livermore, CA

#12 Jun 23, 2008
My heart goes out to all involved in this tragedy. I live in California now and I have had many friends whom had flown with "Island Hoppers " and feel that they recieved much for their money on this tour. I will continue to pray for all the families involved. Aloha Nui Loa from the Kahuancop
Puna

Kamuela, HI

#13 Jun 24, 2008
I'm thinking if there was no fire, the plane probably ran out of fuel in midflight. No fuel, no fire. Like I said in an earlier posting in an earlier story on this plane, there was a plane just like that Cessna flying over HPP doing three slow circles before continuing on to Kalapana on that day at around the time just before it was last heard over Kilauea. It was almost as if the plane was surveying the lower Puna area. Quite a few Japanese nationals have been buying up property in the Pahoa area as summer homes.
JA from Maine

Bangor, ME

#14 Jun 24, 2008
2boizmom wrote:
mixed feelings on this one
sadness, I guess hoping they could still be alive.
closure, for the families.
God Bless
I agree, mixed feelngs. I'm glad they found them but I'm sad they didn't make it. My heart goes out to both of these families.
I hope they figure out for sure what happened.
Andrew

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jun 26, 2008
A MODIS Terra image of Hawaii taken at either ~10:25 am HT or ~12:00 pm HT the day of the crash indicates cloud cover over the area.

http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/in...
http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/realtime/s...

I've seen the pilot at the airport before. Very strange and sad to know that he and his passengers are gone.
Dbl Dimples

AOL

#16 Jun 26, 2008
Aloha, my fellow friends!!!!!!!!! God be with you.

“Rather B Sail'n”

Since: Jun 08

San Francisco

#17 Jun 26, 2008
One helicopter crash is one too many and yet Hawaii sustains a track record of these aero-junk machines falling out of the skies in record numbers. Our visitors who come here on travel industry promises should not pay the price for failed government-regulated tourism, especially with these dangerous expressions of air travel, helicopters! LetÂ’s get them out of our skies!
Steve

Chandler, AZ

#18 Jun 30, 2008
Thoreauing- It was a plane, not a helicopter. If you don't know about the operation, don't comment on its ability to function. I know people currently employed by Island Hoppers, and have heard nothing but great things on all aspects of the operation. In addition I know someone who flew extensively with the pilot and had the utmost respect for him as an aviator. Wait until the entire story is out to ump to conclusions.
strange

Orlando, FL

#19 Jul 6, 2008
Puna wrote:
I'm thinking if there was no fire, the plane probably ran out of fuel in midflight. No fuel, no fire. Like I said in an earlier posting in an earlier story on this plane, there was a plane just like that Cessna flying over HPP doing three slow circles before continuing on to Kalapana on that day at around the time just before it was last heard over Kilauea. It was almost as if the plane was surveying the lower Puna area. Quite a few Japanese nationals have been buying up property in the Pahoa area as summer homes.
having flown for island hoppers and flown with Katsu on several occasions I can assure you that he did not run out of fuel. This isnt the movies, just because a plane crashes with fuel it doesnt instantly burst into flames, you need an ignition source, i.e. spark, electrical fire, etc. And I can tell you personally that in this fern forest, good luck getting an ignition source.

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