Picture this moment. You’re on HNL’s reef runway (the first of its kind), traveling high speed during takeoff roll, when a loud bang is heard. On the flight are 340 passengers and a great deal of fuel for the 4,250 mile flight to Chicago.
What would be going through your head? I think I’d like to be back at the beach.
Outcome: United’s crew successfully rejected take-off from runway 26L and brought the plane to a stop. HNL closed the runway for cleanup and the plane was towed back to the gate. It was later determined that the left engine had “blown.”
You can read more about United’s flight from Honolulu to Chicago and check our recent posts below for coverage of medical and mechanical issues in the air.
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