Yesterday, hundreds of passengers were without doubt very relieved to return to Hawaii, unexpectedly but safely, following an oil issue reported by the pilot en route to Phoenix.
A flight turnaround for mechanical, medical or otherwise can always happen until you reach that mid-way point over the Pacific (about 2 1/2 hours). It’s something we always watch for and sometimes worry about.
Friday, Hawaiian Airlines flight 36 was on its way to the mainland when the pilot initiated the turn around. The plane landed back at Honolulu, where the flight had commenced.
The 16 year old Boeing 767 aircraft had taken off from Honolulu at 12:25pm. It landed back in Honolulu about an hour and a half later. A mechanical check was done and Hawaiian Airlines determined that the aircraft was fit to continue in service. The flight recommenced at 3:17pm and arrived safely in Phoenix at 11:51pm Friday night. In the end, HA 36 was less than three hours late, but that delay was something that passengers were unlikely to forget.
Kudos to Hawaiian Airlines.
The company has a great safety record and Hawaiian has never had a fatal accident or the loss of an aircraft since they began flying in 1929.
Hawaiian Airlines is set to retire its entire fleet of 767 aircraft within the next year as it receives the long anticipated Airbus A321neo planes.
Image courtesy of FlightRadar 24.