HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Talk about a travel nightmare.
A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kahului was forced to return to LAX twice on Friday because of unrelated mechanical problems.
If that’s not bad enough, the flight had to return to the gate a third time after pushing back but before departing.
That third return was the final straw, and Hawaiian Airlines said it canceled the flight.
“We understand our guests’ disappointment and deeply regret their travel plans were disrupted,” Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said.
He said that all 207 passengers on board Flight 33 were given refunds and a $100 credit for a future flight.
They also got hotel rooms, dinner and breakfast vouchers, and will be put on other flights.
Da Silva said many Hawaiian Airlines flight operate under FAA regulations governing extended-range operations.
“These flights have more rigorous safety requirements because of the greater distance between suitable airports."
He continued: “When there is an abnormality on an over-land flight it can, and often does, continue to its destination, however ETOPS flights operate to a more stringent safety standard. Our aircraft have redundant systems, yet our standard is to respond to any indication of abnormalities with an abundance of caution.”
Several passengers on board the flight took to Twitter to complain.
This story will be updated.