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Hawaiian Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Midway Atoll

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Flight HA460, carrying 12 crew members and 67 passengers, made an emergency landing at Midway Atoll on Friday, Sept. 24, due to a “low oil pressure alarm,” according to a Hawaiian Airlines representative.

This is the third incident involving airlines in two days.

Flight HA460 took off from Incheon International Airport (ICN) on Thursday, September 23 at 9:06 p.m. local time.

The flight was scheduled to land at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL); however, the notification was received about five hours and 45 minutes into the journey.

According to a Hawaiian Airlines representative, the captain elected to land at Henderson Field on Sand Island near Midway Atoll out of prudence (MDY).

To serve as a substitute, a second aircraft, HA8459, took off from HNL and landed in MDY soon before 4 p.m. local time on Friday. A team of mechanics and crew members was on board the flight.

The second aircraft will resume its route to HNL and is expected to reach at 9 p.m. local time. Before being returned to Honolulu, the original aircraft will be inspected.

A Hawaiian Airlines aircraft from Honolulu to Seattle was diverted on Thursday after a passenger refused to comply with the federal mask mandate and caused a disruption to other passengers.

Flight attendants and an off-duty pilot worked together to de-escalate the situation. However, out of caution, the captain decided to divert the flight.

Flight HA22 was the second flight that had to be rescheduled in less than 12 hours.

Earlier that day, a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant was assaulted by a customer on Flight HA152 from Honolulu to Hilo, which turned around about 15 minutes after takeoff.

A neighboring passenger reported that the flight attendant was dishing out refreshments and making his way back down the aisle when the passenger leapt up and struck the flight attendant.

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