Family, friends identify victims in deadly Molokai plane crash
Family and friends have the identified the victims in Sunday's plane crash on Molokai, as Bill and Lynn Vogt.
HONOLULU - Family and friends have the identified the victims in Sunday's deadly plane crash on Molokai, as Bill and Lynn Vogt.
The family said in a statement to Island News:
"We appreciate all the love and support from everyone who knew them. We are grieving heavily right now, and hope that people will respect our privacy during this difficult time."
Loved ones, who knew the couple, say Bill and Lynn Vogt will be always be remembered as "loving," "caring" and "wonderful" people.
"It's a tremendous loss for this island, for Hawaii.. she taught generations through Kamehameha Schools," Teri Waros, the couple's longtime friend said.
Lynn Vogt was a "beloved member of the Kamehameha Schools' Ohana for more than three decades," the school said in a statement. Vogt was a full-time teacher at the Kapalama campus from 1975 to 2002, and a substitute teacher up until 2010.
In a statement Dr. Taran Chun, Po'o Kula (Head of School), Kamehameha Schools Kapalama said:
"She contributed to the success and wellbeing of our students and community as a researcher and teacher, and as an advisor and mentor to both keiki and colleagues. Her deep commitment to our haumana was evident in all she did. Our hearts, prayers and aloha go out to Lynn’s family and friends. We share your loss."
Bill Vogt was a retired dentist in Kahala. A former colleague of his told Island News he was a "kind" person who was "absolutely loved" by both his patients and those that worked alongside him.
"He shared an office with my dentist," Waros added. "I've known Bill Vogt since I was 4-years-old.. they're (Bill and Lynn Vogt) just the dearest people in the world. I mean they touched a lot of people.. and their legacy .. it will go on.. I mean they won't be forgotten."
The Maui Fire Department says emergency crews found the wreckage of the couple's small aircraft, a Cessna 206 tail #N732DF, in a remote area four miles west of the Molokai airport, Sunday afternoon. According to fire officials, the aircraft lost communication with the Molokai air traffic control tower an hour before MFD found the smoldering wreckage. A spokesperson for the FAA says the small fixed wing, single-engine plane crashed "under unknown circumstances" while flying toward the airport.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.