Yesterday’s flight from Austin to Honolulu departed 32 minutes late at 10:07 AM. But unexpectedly, just one hour and eight minutes later, it was on the ground again—this time at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The cause of this inflight diversion is not officially known as nothing has been reported.
Hawaiian Airlines flight 81 arrived at the gate some thirty minutes after landing in Phoenix. But here’s what happened after that. The continuation flight, for whatever reason, didn’t depart Phoenix until 1:26 AM. It landed in Honolulu at 4:30 AM the next day.
We asked that if anyone was on this flight, they let us know further what transpired en route as well as during the delay at Sky Harbor. Commenter Mary was nice enough to report this:
“My sister was on this flight. There was a small hole in the windshield, right side, that developed into a spiderweb-style crack. The plane landed in Phoenix around 10:30 a.m. AZ time. The new departure time was supposed to be 11 pm — so 12 hours later. Hotel accommodations were offered; some accepted. Others chose to remain in the airport; lunch and dinner vouchers were offered ($27 value). Departure time was delayed further to midnight, then delayed again until 1:20 a.m. The flight finally arrived HNL at 4:20 a.m. on 29Aug — 15+ hours late.”
It is likely that the required crew rest time would then have become an issue that would have dictated more time on the ground.
The Latest Hawaii flight diversion brings the total to 9 in recent weeks.
We wrote about a Hawaiian Airlines flight diversion from fumes in the cabin just three days ago. See What Are Fumes In Aircraft Events? | Hawaiian Diverts Again. And making up the total of 9 recent events, read about Hawaiian Joins Mid-Air Diversions | Now 7 In Three Weeks.
We can’t say why there seem to be more diversions recently or if it’s coming to our awareness more as we try to track these. Mahalo to commenter Will K. for pointing out this latest diversion to us.
As we’ve pointed out previously, and you are likely well aware, flight diversion causes can vary from medical issues of passengers or crew (not likely due to the length of the delay at Phoenix), weather (also unlikely), unruly activity (also unlikely), and mechanical (highly likely this time, also given the comment we received earlier today).
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