Hawaiian Air flight returns to Kona due to problem with plane

Hawaiian Air flight returns to Kona due to problem with plane
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KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaiian Airlines flight was forced to return to Kona shortly after taking off Thursday morning.

An official statement from Hawaiian Air says that Flight 207 departed from the Kona airport at 10:43 a.m. en route to Honolulu. Not long into the flight, the pilot noticed a problem with a hydraulic system and decided to turn back around for the Big Island.

The plane landed again in Kona at 11:39 a.m., and airline officials say operations at the airport were temporarily suspended while the aircraft was towed back to its gate.

A total of 102 people, including five crew members, were on the plane.

This is the fourth incident for Hawaiian Airlines in less than two months. On May 1, passengers on HA 24 were forced to exit the plane using emergency slides after an odor was detected in the cabin. The flight returned to its departure city of Kahului on Maui. Two people received minor injuries.

On May 12, HA 118 also made an emergency landing on Maui, this time due to a left engine surge.

And on May 18, HA 3 from Los Angeles to Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing back at LAX after an indication light came on.

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