Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland diverted, circles off coast of California

Published: Mar. 10, 2015 at 1:32 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2015 at 1:44 PM HST
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OAKLAND, CALIF. (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaiian Airlines plane carrying nearly 230 passengers from Oakland to Honolulu was diverted Tuesday morning due to a maintenance issue en route, according to the airline.

The flight tracking sites, Flightradar24 and FlightAware, showed HA 47 -- which departed at 9:35 a.m. -- traveling west, then north, then back east, making several loops and then traveling further east right off the California coast.

FlightAware said the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Hawaiian Airlines issued the following statement to Hawaii News Now:

Flight HA 47 departed Oakland for Honolulu at 9:35 a.m. PT. Due to a maintenance issue en route, the captain has elected to return to Oakland with an estimated arrival time of 12:30 p.m. PT. An extra aircraft in our system, which departed San Jose earlier this morning for Honolulu, is currently flying to Oakland to re-accommodate these customers. Upon landing, Flight HA47 customers will be re-accommodated on this aircraft and the new estimated departure time to Honolulu will be updated shortly. There are 229 customers onboard.

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