Severe weather causes sudden turbulence, sends United Airlines passengers to Honolulu hospital

Published: Feb. 15, 2015 at 4:17 AM HST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2015 at 5:09 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The stormy weather didn't cause major problems just on the ground but in the air as well.

Hawaii Department of Transportation says says sudden turbulence jolted United Airlines Flight 15 bound from Newark to Honolulu. The turbulence injured seven people; five needed to go Queens Medical Center. Four of them were crew members, while the fifth was a teenage girl with a head injury and nausea. Two of the other flight crew members declined transport to the hospital. The plane landed around 4:00 p.m.

About two hours into United Airlines Flight 1716, which left Honolulu heading to Los Angeles around noon, the DOT says the crew smelled fumes in the cockpit. The plane was sent back to land on Maui. But because of the bad weather there, it returned to Honolulu.

In addition, the DOT claims six other flights heading to Maui all needed to be diverted to Honolulu because of the weather.

Passengers say despite the windy and rainy weather, it was smooth flying into Honolulu.

"Maui airport was very packed with people...very windy and rainy, so I'm glad it was a smooth ride here," said Ruth Lay.

Lyle Fong says the computers were down at the Kona airport so ticket counter agents were having to handwrite each individual ticket.

"It was windy in Kona and I was kind of little antsy about the weather but it was a pretty good flight coming in," said Fong.

At the Honolulu International Airport, the board showed several delayed arrivals and departures both from the mainland and inter-islands.

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