It has been a crazy week thus far for Hawaiian Airlines, and the Hawaii bellwether carrier hasn’t gotten a break yet. This reported incident follows Sunday’s completely unrelated Hawaiian Airlines mass injury turbulence event and yesterday’s announcement of an NTSB investigation into that problem.
Flight 230 was first delayed 7 hours, then this.
Yesterday, Hawaiian Flight 230 was scheduled to depart Kahului Maui at 12:40 PM for the short 91-mile flight to Kona. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the flight was delayed for unknown reasons; we’re assuming mechanical due to the reported nature of the emergency landing. The plane finally departed Maui at 7:23 PM. But the trouble wasn’t over yet.
Hawaiian Airlines declares emergency landing at Kona.
The FAA said about this latest issue, “Hawaiian Airlines Flight 230, a Boeing 717-200, landed safely at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole in Hawaii around 8:15 p.m. local time Monday, Dec. 19, after the crew declared an emergency due to a hydraulic issue. The flight departed Kahului Airport. The FAA will investigate.”
Following a safe landing, the airplane was stopped at the end of the runway. It was later towed to the terminal.
Airline emergency landings in Hawaii.
An emergency landing is typically an early landing made by an airliner due to any emergency related to the safety and operation of the plane or involving any critical issue of the crew or passengers that warrants early termination of a flight.
Flights operating under air traffic control receive priority over all other aircraft operations when an emergency is declared. Such was the case with Hawaiian Airlines Flight 230.
We’ll update you with any further information on this event.
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