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Very long Hawaiian flight as glitches ground two planes

April 2, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A planeload of people flying from the US mainland to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines spent a very long time getting to their destination. One of the airline’s flights from Las Vegas to Honolulu was delayed three times this week.

The flight left Las Vegas on Monday and finally arrived in Honolulu early Wednesday morning, KITV.com reported.  It took almost two full days, with a layover in Los Angeles, for the passengers to reach Hawaii. The flight time is usually slightly over six hours direct and nine hours via Las Angeles. Dusit-Hot-Deals-Banner-250x250-06

Hawaiian Airlines apologised for the delays but stressed that safety was always the prime concern.

The first flight left Las Vegas Monday morning and was set to arrive in Hawaii about noon, local time. Instead, it landed in Los Angeles after an indicator light showed a possible problem with the plane’s air conditioning system, Hawaiian Airlines said.

The 180 passengers stayed at Los Angeles International Airport until they boarded another Hawaiian Airlines plane about 6am on Tuesday morning. That plane was delayed because of a computer error.  Passengers waited in the plane for about three hours before they were told there was a problem, the channel reported.

Passengers had been expected to board early Tuesday evening but were delayed until near midnight. There was word on what caused the third delay.

One passenger interviewed by KITV gave some insights into the passengers’ feelings, voicing fears about getting on another plane.

“Now we’re like, we want to get away from the crew. Away from the pilot. Away from all of the people on this plane. We want it to be completely different,” said passenger Mary Chambrella, with a nervous laugh.

“It’s just too scary. It’s crazy.”

Hawaiian put the passengers up in airport hotels, provided food and gave them USD 400 travel vouchers.

Finally, a Hawaiian Airlines plane that worked whisked the passengers to Honolulu.

Written by : Peter Needham

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