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Hawaiian Airlines accuses incorrect seal of cabin smoke forcing emergency evacuation



  • Video by Diane S. W. Lee; courtesy of footage of Samson Sees and Lani Bake

    Passengers on a Hawaiian Airlines flight had to evacuate the plane from emergency slides this morning after it landed in Honolulu due to reports of smoke in the hold.

  • REALLY NANI BLAKE
    Smoke was reported in the cabin on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland to Honolulu today.

  • COURTESY NANI BLAKE
    A flight from Hawaiian Airlines was forced to evacuate today because of reports of smoke in the cargo hold and cabin.

  • COURTESY SAMSON SEES

    Passengers evacuated from a Hawaiian Airlines flight today at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

  • COURTESY NANI BLAKE
    A flight from Hawaiian Airlines was forced to evacuate today because of reports of smoke in the cargo hold and cabin.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Passengers evacuated from a Hawaiian Airlines flight today at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

  • DIANE SW LEE / DLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaiian Airlines Chief Operation Officer Jon Snook said all passengers will be offered a full refund on their flights and a coupon to apologize for the inconvenience.

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Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement this evening that it was determined that "a seal failed in the aircraft's left engine, causing oil to leak onto hot parts of the aircraft's engine and air conditioning system, resulting in smoke in the passenger compartment . "The airline said that engine performance was not affected.

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Passengers on a Hawaiian Airlines flight had to evacuate the plane from the emergency slides this morning after it landed in Honolulu due to reports of smoke in the cargo hold and cabin.

All passengers and crew evacuated the aircraft and seven passengers were taken to hospitals with smoke inhalation symptoms, according to an airline officer. at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Hawaiian Airlines said there were 184 passengers and seven crew on board the plane, which landed at 11:36 a.m. shortly after an emergency was declared due to reports of smoke in the cargo room and cabin.

"At this time, we are aware of seven passengers who were transported to local hospitals due to smoking-related symptoms," says Hawaiian Airlines in a statement. “All other passengers and crew have planned and been transported by bus to a terminal. We sincerely apologize to our passengers for this incident and thank them for their cooperation in the evacuation. We work with airport officials and the first responders to support our passengers and respond to this incident. ”

State Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara said no smoke or fire was visible from the outside when the plane landed.

The Airbus 321 aircraft landed safely on runway 4R in Honolulu, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and passengers planned on the runway.

The FAA said it will investigate the incident.


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