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United flight from Honolulu diverted to Midway atoll

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:45 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

HONOLULU >> A United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Guam was diverted to the remote island of Midway because of a mechanical issue.

The airline said Friday it flew the 335 passengers and 13 crew members from Flight 201 back to Honolulu. It put Guam-bound passengers on another flight to the U.S. territory.

The Boeing 777 was heading to Guam on Thursday when it was diverted. United says replacement aircraft brought passengers back to Honolulu Friday morning.

The Navy used the atoll 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu as a base during the Cold War but left in 1996.

It's now a national wildlife refuge home to more than 1 million seabirds, green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals.

The island's residents manage the airstrip and wildlife refuge.

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star08 wrote:
THe photo shows a 747 and the story is about a 777.
on July 11,2014 | 06:33PM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
Maybe it's a pregnant 777.
on July 11,2014 | 08:23PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I hadn't thought about United so long, that their iconic U is gone and replaced by Continental's symbol on the tail. Speaking of which, Sam Choy's sign is still on the new Liliha Bakery location, on the Nimitz Highway side. Let's see how long it takes Peter Kim to take it down and replace it with Liliha Bakery.
on July 11,2014 | 08:24PM
SueH wrote:
Oh now that's relevant to the article. Who cares about Sam Choy's sign? If you are aware of the new Liliha Bakery, I'm sure you don't need a sign to find it.
on July 11,2014 | 09:00PM
Manawai wrote:
I care about french donuts!
on July 12,2014 | 08:51AM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
Less and less people are thinking about United...
on July 11,2014 | 10:02PM
2localgirl wrote:
OK, you're a former AQ person....sad to say but probably the same about AQ. Know many who have had to move on, many who were unable to move on....
on July 11,2014 | 10:18PM
SueH wrote:
Big deal.
on July 11,2014 | 08:57PM
2localgirl wrote:
But that is typical, gotta put SOMETHING out there...
on July 11,2014 | 10:16PM
unclecarl wrote:
Good question. Most of us see the earth in a flat map, so you'd assume the shortest route to Guam, which is south of Hawaii (in latitude) would start out tending south. That would be true if most of the trip is in the north-south direction. Guam is a bit south of Hawaii, and a lot more west (longitude). If you look at the route on the surface of a globe, the shortest route actually starts out curving a bit north before curving south. That's why the Titanic, going from England to the US got tangled up with icebergs.
on July 12,2014 | 07:54AM
LMO wrote:
If the flight was headed south, to Guam, why was it diverted far north, to Midway? Doesn't make sense...
on July 12,2014 | 02:15AM
flyinbob wrote:
If you look at a map of the Pacific, there isn't much between Guam and Hawaii at all, let alone a runway long enough to allow a 777 to land and take off that has available fuel. Midway was the closest suitable airport to where the flight was at the time the decision was made to divert. It is all pre-planned for situations at any time during the flight.
on July 12,2014 | 05:47AM
what wrote:
Guam is more to the West of Hawaii than it is South, and due to the curvature of the Earth, the flight path curves Northward toward Midway.
on July 12,2014 | 10:57AM
cojef wrote:
Landed on this atoll back in 1950 on a Pan Am DC-6 contracted to MATS. Was a Department of Army Civilian returning to Hawaii from Japan. Looked out upon waking and noticed inboard right engine was not in use. Oil leak took 4 and half hours to repair. During that interval toured the island on an open air bus. Memorable, yes.
on July 12,2014 | 02:43AM
serious wrote:
Agreed, beautiful place especially when the albatross are breeding. They are fun to watch especially their first landing tumbling on land after a year at sea--they slowly learn that the sand doesn't give way--that's how they got their name goonie birds!!
on July 12,2014 | 03:42AM
joeglick wrote:
So glad it didn't vanish !
on July 12,2014 | 04:25AM
what wrote:
Sum Ting Wong
on July 12,2014 | 10:58AM
false wrote:
bang ding ow
on July 12,2014 | 06:39AM
false wrote:
wei too lo
on July 12,2014 | 06:40AM
DABLACK wrote:
Congrats to the pilots !! They made the right decision to bring it down at the closest runway. Bet if the negatives' family were on the plane they wouldn't comment at all. Talk is cheap. The air crew did a very good job !!
on July 12,2014 | 07:29AM
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