An American Airlines flight that experienced a ‘hard landing’ at Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii, hospitalized six people with minor injuries.
According to NBC News, the American Airlines Airbus A320 made the rough landing at approximately 2 p.m. local time.
Five flight attendants and one passenger went to the hospital.
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Per NBC News:
Flight 271 from Los Angeles International Airport “experienced an issue upon landing,” the airline said. “The aircraft taxied to the gate under its own power and customers deplaned normally.”
The weather in Maui at the time was partly cloudy and windy with a temperature of roughly 80 degrees, according to National Weather Service data.Advertisement
The aircraft carried 167 customers and seven crew members, American said. It was taken out of service and undergoing inspection, it said.
“The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority,” the airline said.
The FAA said it was investigating the cause of incident.
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From the New York Post:
Data from the flight-tracking website FlightAware shows that American Airlines flight 271 was initially scheduled to arrive at Maui Airport at 12:47 p.m. but was delayed for nearly 79 minutes as it taxied at LAX before taking off.
The incident in Hawaii comes over a week after an American Airlines plane slid off the runway upon landing at New York’s Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.
FAA and American Airlines officials said the Embraer E145, carrying 53 passengers, had just landed and was being taxied to the terminal around 4 p.m. when it slipped.
An American spokesperson said the scary incident was caused by “snowy airfield conditions” brought on by light snowstorms across the area.
The ‘hard landing’ incident is the latest concerning event in the airline industry.
A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight was canceled moments before takeoff after a concerned passenger reported several missing screws from the airplane’s wing.
A Delta Boeing 757 lost a nose wheel as it prepared to take off from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
In addition, a Boeing 737-9 MAX, operated by Alaska Airlines, made an emergency landing at Portland International Airport after a section of the aircraft blew out in mid-air.