VAN NUYS, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) - The search is still on for a student pilot and a flight instructor after their plane disappeared near Catalina Island during Memorial Day Weekend.
Student pilot Edmond Haronian from Woodland Hills and instructor Jason Glazier from Encino went missing Saturday.
Haronian posted a picture from Catalina Island on his Facebook page Saturday after landing the single engine Cessna 172, but the men never returned to Van Nuys airport.
Family reported them missing on Sunday and crews began the search.
With no signs of any aircraft or anyone in distress, the search was suspended about 8 p.m. Monday. However, L.A. Sheriff's Department deputies were still flying the area.
Alex Abbassi, Director of Operations for Encore Flight Academy, said the plane the men flew was about 30 years old but in perfect shape.
The plane also went through a complete inspection in March. Since then, Abbassi said the plane has only flown about 60 hours.
Both Haronian and Glazier were well trained, Abbassi added. Glazier had about 30 years of experience and Haronian had been training for almost a year and finished 90 percent of his training flights.
He was expected to graduate in the next month.
Firoozeh Rose Haronian, the ex-wife of the student pilot, said they remain hopeful and have been sending out private helicopters to find them.
"We won't stop until we find them," she said, adding that flying was her ex-husband's passion.
"He loves planes. Our first date was at a restaurant right under a flight path in Santa Monica airport," said Haronian.
But as the clock keeps ticking, fear is starting to set in
"It's my youngest son that I'm very worried about and we are together. I'll be here for them. We're going to be strong. We're holding it together and just hoping for the best," said Haronian.
The aircraft's tail number is N739ZE.
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