Last updated: 11:34 AM ET, Wed May 13 2015

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Maui

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 13, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Maui

Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

Flying to Hawaii should be the final step to any dream vacation, but one Hawaiian Airlines flight traveling to Kailua-Kona from Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing on Maui when one of the engines reportedly “backfired” and caused a steady stream of smoke.

According to, Hawaiian Airlines released a statement that a Boeing 717 had a problem in its left engine after it took off on Tuesday morning at 6:55 a.m. local time, forcing the crew to emergency land at Kahului Airport 7:26 a.m.

Upon landing, firefighters and airport emergency personnel sprayed down the left engine with water and foam to put out the cause of the smoke coming from the plane. State Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara told that no fire was visible, but the smoke was coming from the left engine.

The plane was carrying 73 passengers and five crew members when it was forced to make the unscheduled landing, but everyone on board was able to leave the aircraft under their own power and no injuries have been reported. The passengers were immediately booked on other flights to their destinations. is reporting Kahului Airport was re-opened only an hour after the emergency landing when the plane was towed out of harm’s way.

For Hawaiian Airlines, this is the second incident in as many weeks. According to Kenny Choi of, one of the airline’s Boeing 767 aircrafts was also forced to make an emergency landing on Maui due to a bad air cycle machine.

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