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Odor Prompts Emergency Landing of Hawaiian Airlines Flight

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Courtesy: HawaiianAirlines.com

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) —

Hawaiian Airlines passengers had to exit a plane using emergency slides after an odor of fumes forced the flight turnaround soon after takeoff.

The airline says Hawaiian flight No. 24 left Kahului airport at 11:18 a.m. Friday, bound for Oakland, California. The flight crew declared an emergency and the plane returned to Kahului at 11:50 a.m.

All 224 passengers were evacuated via emergency slides. The airline says two passengers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Passengers have the option to take an Oakland-bound flight scheduled to depart at 10:15 p.m. Hawaii time.

The airline says it will also provide overnight accommodations to those who prefer to remain on Maui and take a flight leaving Saturday.

Hawaiian will be refunding airfare for all affected passengers.