Hawaiian Airlines flight to Hilo makes emergency landing after cabin pressure device fails
Flight 552 carrying 46 passengers and five crewmembers departed the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu shortly after 7:40 p.m. Monday.
About 20 minutes before landing in Hilo, “a component that affects cabin pressure malfunctioned, causing passengers’ oxygen masks to automatically deploy,” said spokesman Alex Da Silva in an e-mailed statement today.
Following standard operating procedures, the pilot began a controlled descent to a lower altitude while declaring an emergency to coordinate priority handling of the flight.
The Boeing 717 aircraft landed safely at Hilo International Airport at 8:17 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
Da Silva said, “The safety of our passengers is our priority, and we sincerely apologize for this event. We understand this was a very uncomfortable experience, but our pilot’s swift actions were necessary to quickly stabilize cabin pressure.”
Hawaiian Airlines ferried the aircraft to Honolulu where mechanics conducted a thorough inspection and resolved the issue, he added. ■