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.