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LA to Maui Flight Lands Safely After Scare

May 12, 2017, 1:21 PM HST
* Updated May 13, 7:03 AM
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A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kahului, Maui landed safely after a reported possible threat to the incoming flight.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson Alex Da silva tells Maui Now that shortly before arrival, crew members identified a “low-level threat” and immediately informed authorities.

Department of Transportation spokesperson Tim Sakahara tells Maui Now that there was no reference to weapons made at any time. He further discounted other media reports of a possible “bomb threat.” Sakahara said all airport operations are normal.

The 266 passengers and 10 crew members have since deplaned.

Da silva said, “We will continue to cooperate with authorities on their investigation.”

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Hawaiian Airlines Flight 33 departed from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:54 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017; and was scheduled to arrive at 11:37 a.m.

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According to an online flight status update, the actual arrival time of the Airbus 332 aircraft was 12:27 p.m.  Passengers tell us they actually landed at around 11:45 a.m. and were not allowed off the plane.

The plane was directed to the south gate upon arrival and passengers reported seeing multiple police cars on scene.

By 1 p.m., passengers had disembarked the plane and were within the airport.  Passengers tell us all incoming baggage was being screened as a precaution.

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At least one other flight that was delayed at around the time of the inbound flight, has since proceeded with their planned route.

*Check back for updates, which will be posted as they become available. 

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