LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaiian Airlines flight en-route to Oahu experienced a major engine malfunction and had to abort takeoff Saturday afternoon.
A Hawaii News Now employee was on board Hawaiian Airlines flight 144 that was mid-take off when he said a last minute incident prevented the plane from fully leaving the ground.
The front end of the plane had already lifted off of the ground when passengers heard a loud noise. Some passengers said it sounded like a blown tire, but moments later the pilot came over the intercom and said there was “a major malfunction with the engine.”
A Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson released this statement:
The Boeing 717 was scheduled to depart at 1:11 p.m. but was later listed as ‘canceled.'
Federal Aviation Administration officials later released a statement saying, “The crew aborted the takeoff due to an engine issue. The plane then taxied back to its gate.”
Airport firefighters responded and the plane was towed back to Gate 4 at Lihue Airport.
No one was injured in the incident.
Passengers scrambled to get on alternate flights with the assistance from Hawaiian Airlines employees.
About an hour later, a second flight out of Lihue, flight 394 to Oahu, was also delayed due to maintenance issues.
The flight eventually departed after about an hour delay.
This story may be updated.