Hawaiian Airlines responded with the following statement in regards to the Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Maui that was turned around Friday.

"Safety is our top priority, and we apologize for the inconvenience to all our guests who were aboard Flight 33 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Maui’s Kahului Airport today. Due to separate and unrelated faults with different systems, the flight returned to LAX three times after pushing back for departure, including two air turn backs, before we canceled the flight. We understand our guests’ disappointment and deeply regret their travel plans were disrupted. Many Hawaiian Airlines flights, like HA33, are operated under regulations governing extended-range operations (ETOPS). These flights have more rigorous safety requirements because of the greater distance between suitable airports. 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."

According to the airlines all 207 guests were given refunds and a $100 credit for a future flight. They are also being given hotel rooms as well as dinner and breakfast vouchers, and they will be accommodated on other flights.


A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Maui was turned around Friday.

According to the FAA, it was due to an equipment failure.

Flight 33 left LAX around 4:30 p.m. West Coast time and landed about an hour and a half later back at LAX.

LAX officials tell KITV4 that the plane attempted to take off several times but was unsuccessful.