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PLANE WRECK SPOTTED IN HAWAII
NO SIGN OF SURVIVORS IN REMOTE AREA WHERE CRASH OCCURRED

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NO SIGN OF SURVIVORS IN REMOTE AREA WHERE CRASH OCCURRED

A helicopter searching a remote valley early Tuesday spotted the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that vanished Sunday with 11 people aboard, authorities said. There were no immediate signs of any survivors.

Hawaii County Fire Battalion Chief James Higashida said the helicopter was unable to land on the hillside above Waipio Valley, about three miles from where search aircraft had pinpointed an emergency radio signal on Monday.Higashida said rescuers were trying to find the closest road or helicopter landing area, and firefighters and Marines would hike to the plane from there.

The twin-engine Scenic Air Tours plane disappeared without indication of trouble Sunday during what was supposed to be an hour-long flight from Hawaii Island to Maui Island. The Beechcraft had left under partly sunny skies.

Heavy rain and strong winds Monday had prevented helicopters from searching the valley. A Coast Guard helicopter had picked up the emergency signal from the Waimanu Valley region on the northeast side of Hawaii Island.

The names of those aboard, eight Americans and two Australians, will not be released until all their families have been notified, said David Tom, the tour company's operations manager.

The plane's 28-year-old pilot had about 4,000 hours flying experience and had flown the around-the-island tour about 50 times, according to Scenic Air Tours chief pilot, Doug Rogers.