Alaska Airlines Flight 892 returned to Honolulu Airport on Wednesday night because of an odor in the cabin, state Transportation Department spokesman Tim Sakahara said.
“The plane landed safely. No passengers were injured,” Sakahara said.
Sakahara said four flight crew members were transported to a hospital for evaluation at their request.
The plane turned around about one hour after taking off, a passenger told Hawaii News Now.
Sakahara said no airport operations were affected.
According to an Alaska Airlines schedule, Flight 892 departs at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday from Honolulu and normally takes about 5-1/2 hours to arrive in San Diego.
CEO on paid leave as letter is investigated
The CEO of a nonprofit organization that supports the National Park Service’s operations in Pearl Harbor has been suspended while the group’s board investigates allegations made in an anonymous letter.
Pacific Historic Parks Board of Directors member and spokesman Jim Boersema said Wednesday Ray L’Heureux (La-‘ROO) was placed on paid administrative leave last week.
It wasn’t clear what allegations were made in the letter, which was sent to board members.
“We have an obligation to look into things if somebody writes them. So we’re doing what’s required. And we’ll treat Ray fairly,” Boersema said. Most board members believe L’Heureux has been doing “a pretty good job,” he said.
L’Heureux said he couldn’t comment as it was a personnel issue, even though it involved him.
L’Heureux has been CEO of Pacific Historic Parks since late 2015. He served in the Marine Corps for 30 years, including stints as a helicopter pilot and commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, which flies the president. Before joining Pacific Historic Parks, he was an executive with the state Department of Education.
Pacific Historic Parks runs a gift shop at the Pearl Harbor visitors’ center and raises money to support the USS Arizona Memorial. The Park Service relies on funds from the nonprofit to help maintain the national landmark, which is visited by 1.8 million people each year.
Pacific Historic Parks also supports public park and memorial sites on Molokai, Guam and Saipan.
4 who claim they own land arrested in blocking of workers
Kauai police this week arrested four people who allegedly blocked contractors from entering a property in Wainiha.
At about 7:4o a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a complaint of people blocking access to a privately owned property at 4600 Ananalu Road.
“Contractors hired by the property owner attempted to access the property to remove an illegal wooden structure that was erected on the property without the owner’s permission,” said police spokeswoman Sarah Blane in an email.
Activist Kaiulani Mahuka arrived at the site in support of the four individuals, who claim ownership of the land. “These families have the royal patent,” she said. Mahuka and other demonstrators were also at the site to call for protection of the land, which they say is a Hawaiian burial site.
Police contend there is no burial site at the property.
The four individuals who allegedly blocked contractors and refused to leave were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. All were released Tuesday after posting bail.
In a emailed statement Tuesday, Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry said, “We are continuing to gather more information on this incident, but I am confident that our officers conducted themselves professionally and respectfully to ensure the safety of all involved.”