Missing pilot off the coast of Maui is owner of popular bakery

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 02 2012 05:53:00 PM HST

The Coast Guard has recovered what it believes are pieces of a single-engine plane that crashed off Maui's North Shore Saturday night.

KAHALUI, Hawaii -

A single-engine, four-seat airplane disappears from radar during a flight from Maui to Molokai.

The Coast Guard and other agencies are racing against time to figure out what happened to the plane with one man on board. The Coast Guard said they found a debris field about 2.5 miles north of Maui, where the plane went off radar.

"When our aircraft initially came on scene they did see a debris field that was consistent with that aircraft. In fact, that debris field consisted of items that looked like came from the interior of that aircraft," said Lt. Leigh Cotterell with the Coast Guard.

The Cessna airplane disappeared at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard was on scene in half an hour from when the plane was reported missing and has been searching continuously.

"The nature of the debris field the Coast Guard has seen, we are still searching, but the debris field is consistent with potentially this crash not being survivable," said Cotterell.

The Cessna pilot Jose Krall reported as the only person in the airplane was well known in the community.

"Very kind and mellow guy.  I've been serving him a couple times here at the restaurant," said a Gerard's Maui employee.

Krall was the owner of the popular Maui Bake Shop and Deli.

"I really like especially their croissant was fantastic, and they had a very nice product," said Gerard's employee.

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The Coast Guard intends to continue searching for the pilot and debris until sunset Sunday and then they plan to re-evaluate.

They said there is potential for debris to come on shore from Kahului to Poelua bay. If you find debris on shore they ask that you call 842-2601.

The National Safety Transportation Board is investigating what could have caused the accident.

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