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Report of Possible Aircraft Wreckage in Kaupō Dismissed as Roofing Material

March 15, 2014, 3:39 PM HST
* Updated March 15, 9:25 PM
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Kaupō, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Kaupō, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Fire officials called off the search for suspected aircraft wreckage in Kaupō on Friday after a helicopter search of the area uncovered only signs of metal roofing material in the area.

Crews responded after a caller reported seeing what looked like plane debris on the south side of the Kaupō Gap at around 12:05 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 1014, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

A search, which utilized the department’s Air-1 helicopter, found a section of metal roofing material, possibly a part of a structure, at the 2,500-foot elevation near Mile 33 of the highway, Mainaga said.

Crews were unable to locate anything other than the roofing material, and confirmed that there were no missing aircraft reported.

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Other units responding to the area included Engine-13 from Kula, and Rescue-10 from Kahului.

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