HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Coast Guard has announced that they are suspending the active search for the crew of the Hawaii Life Flight that went missing off Maui.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, a Hawaii Life Flight went missing off the coast of Maui leading the Coast Guard to enter into an intensive search for the crew and missing plane.
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“Working with U.S. Coast Guard assets, the Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, our team conducted a total of 28 searches, over the course of 67 hours, covering over 4,732 square nautical miles,” said Jennifer Conklin, the Coast Guard District 14 Search and Rescue Program Manager. “While it is not an easy decision, we have suspended the active search pending any further new information.”
The Coast Guard said that the three crew members have not been located.
Hawai’i Life Flight issued this statement:
“[We] can confirm that the U.S. Coast Guard has ceased search efforts for our crew members and our fixed-wing aircraft that went off radar while enroute from Maui to Waimea Big Island on Dec. 15. There are three crewmembers on board but no patient. We are committed to continuing our search efforts using local resources.”
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Hawai’i Life Flight officials also said that their focus will remain on supporting the families of those missing crew members and the employees impacted by this tragedy.