A Hawaiian Airlines flight that left Los Angeles International Airport bound for Honolulu made an emergency return Monday when a warning light came on in the cockpit, but the plane landed safely and mechanics found no problems with the airliner.
Hawaiian Airlines flight 3 originally left LAX about 1 p.m. with about 290 passengers and 10 crew members aboard. Shortly after takeoff, an indicator light came on in the cockpit suggesting “an open fuel jettison valve,” according to the airline.
The pilot of the Airbus A330-200 circled over the ocean to burn off fuel, then landed around 2:20 p.m. back at LAX, where fire crews were on standby.
Airline mechanics inspected the aircraft and determined there was no problem with the fuel jettison valve. The plane took off again for Honolulu at 4:30 p.m.
The plane’s original takeoff was delayed by about two hours because of a fuel spill, but crews determined the problem was not mechanical in nature, but was “human error,” according to Ann Botticelli with Hawaiian Airlines.
She said the preliminary investigation indicated the spilled fuel and the indictor light problem were unrelated.
— City News Service
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