HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines is investigating why an airplane's rear emergency exit was deployed in Hilo on Friday morning, causing the plane's tail cone to detach.
The plane with 44 passengers on board had just landed about 5:49 a.m. when the rear emergency exit was deployed, a Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman said.
The tail cone of the 717 aircraft detaches automatically when the emergency exit door is opened, the spokeswoman said.
Because of the incident, a flight from Hilo to Honolulu at 6:21 a.m. was cancelled, and 111 passengers had to take other flights.
The tail cone on the airplane was replaced and maintenance crews are inspecting the aircraft before it goes back into service.
A traveler in the airport said the plane was heading to the gate when the emergency slide was deployed.