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US Airways flight diverts to Honolulu

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:29 a.m. HST, Mar 13, 2013

A US Airways flight from Maui to Phoenix diverted to Honolulu after crew members noticed a problem with one of the plane's pressurization and air conditioning kits.

Airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the redeye flight was less than halfway to Phoenix when its crew decided to be cautious and turn the plane around. It landed in Honolulu early Tuesday without incident. Nobody was hurt.

Lehmacher said the Boeing 757 had two kits, and one was malfunctioning.

Lehmacher said about half the plane's 166 passengers departed Tuesday night, while the other half were rebooked on other airlines.

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cojef wrote:
Point of no return and turned around?? Rationale, please? Judgement call, go with trade winds and land is San Diego or LAX. Turning back means headwinds and slower than tailwind? Hard decision you bet with 160 plus passengers.
on March 12,2013 | 10:59AM
Morimoto wrote:
The article said the flight was LESS than halfway to Phoenix. Exactly how far I don't know but whoever made the decision probably thought of what you were thinking and decided turning back would be better.
on March 12,2013 | 11:14AM
serious wrote:
Been there, done it--that's where you can get parts and maintenance. Except for Allegiance AL. Nothing wrong with turning around and being safe!!
on March 12,2013 | 11:58AM
allie wrote:
true..very frustrating but the mechanical issues are really a problem on our airlines today
on March 12,2013 | 12:34PM
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