Yesterday, hundreds of Hawaiian Airlines passengers were without doubt very relieved to return safely to LAX, instead of getting to Hawaii as they had planned. That, following a report of fumes in the cabin, apparently emanating from the rear galley. There were reports of people feeling ill as a result.
The flight departed Los Angeles at 10:20 am and landed again in Los Angeles at 2:34 pm. They had been in the air about two hours when the incident occurred. The decision was made to return to Los Angeles rather than continue on to Honolulu. The plane was met by medical personnel.
“We have determined that the non-toxic odor resulted from an engine wash prior to departure. We sincerely apologize to our guests for the inconvenience.” — Hawaiian Air spokesperson.
Passengers were subsequently transported to Honolulu on other flights. The delay was something passengers are unlikely to forget.
Beat of Hawaii: A flight turnaround for mechanical, medical or otherwise can always happen until you reach that mid-way point over the Pacific (typically about 2 1/2 hours). It’s something we always watch for and sometimes worry about. We’ve personally had close calls on turn-arounds but never actually experienced. Have you?
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. Both Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines are rated among the safest airlines in the world.
Image courtesy of Flightaware.