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Engine trouble forces flight from Honolulu to land at Wake Island

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:46 a.m. HST, May 23, 2014

A Delta Airlines jet from Honolulu heading to Nagoya, Japan made an emergency landing at Wake Island Wednesday after pilots reported engine trouble.

Delta flight 611 departed Honolulu International Airport at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday and landed at Wake Island Airfield at 7:10 p.m. Hawaii time., according to the flight tracking website Flightaware.com.

Delta said in a statement that the crew had a mechanical issue with one of the Boeing 767's two engines in mid-flight. The crew followed procedures and diverted  to Wake Island, just north of the Marshall Islands.

The flight landed safely and passengers boarded another aircraft and arrived in Nagoya at 2:41 a.m. Thursday Hawaii time.

Wake Island is a U.S. territory with no permanent residents and an airfield run by the military.

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serious wrote:
Wake is a wonderful place. Been there many dozens of times flying from HNL to Japan in AF transports. It was an old Pan Am operation. A bird sanctuary (terns) at one end. Long runway, but it's barely above sea level. Lots of military history.
on May 23,2014 | 01:16PM
cojef wrote:
Remember flying into Wake from Japan on MATC charter flight with Pan AM on a DC-6 in June 1951 with one engine feathered due to oil leak. Had to remain on the island for 3 hours until leak was repaired. In the meantime we were allowed to tour the island on a bus. Saw a few wreckage of small aircraft on the coral reefs upon take-off for Honolulu.
on May 24,2014 | 08:17AM
Anonymous wrote:
How many folks can say they've been to Wake Island?
on May 23,2014 | 03:35PM
SueH wrote:
In order to fly long distances over water in twin engine aircraft, the airline must obtain ETOPS certification, which stands for Extended Range Twin Operations. In aviation circles, we call it "Engines Turn or People Swim"......lucky Wake Island was available for this ETOPS run.
on May 23,2014 | 07:19PM
serious wrote:
Agreed, and when you think of the thousands of twin engine flights daily crossing the Pacific it's a tribute to quality technology. As an aside the military allowed us to fly these routes in twin engine prop aircraft and I did in C-119's and also C-47's we used rubber bladder filled with fuel in the cargo compartment to make the distance--but still it didn't leave much room for error.
on May 24,2014 | 07:06AM
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