Cabin Odor on Hawaiian Airlines Flight Forces Emergency Landing
Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines
A Hawaiian Airlines flight flying from Kahului, Maui, bound for Oakland Calif. made an emergency landing back at Kahului after an odor was detected in the cabin, KITV 4 reported.
Flight 24 took off at 11:18 a.m. local time with 224 passengers and 10 crew members. The jet returned to the airport slightly more than a half-hour later, and passengers were evacuated from via emergency slides. Two were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to KITV 4.
An overnight flight following the same route took off without incident, but for those preferring to stay in Maui, the airline provided overnight accommodations. They are also refunding airfare.
In a statement, Hawaiian Airlines said, "We apologize for the disruption to our customers. Safety is our highest priority and we were pleased with the swift and decisive actions of the crew. All our team members are now focused on taking care of our customers and seeing them to their final destination as swiftly as possible."
UPDATE: HA24 had an emergency landing in OGG at 11:50am. All customers were evacuated. At this time no reports of serious injuries.— Hawaiian Airlines (@HawaiianAir) May 1, 2015
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