Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 51 have been ready for an 11-hour journey from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Honolulu, Hawaii. However, their flight scheduled to depart on Tuesday didn’t take off till Wednesday, 33 hours later. Was the flight canceled and rescheduled, with the airline reserving lodge rooms for the stranded passengers? No, it was delayed for 33 hours.
The preliminary delay was known as after the crew smelled fumes throughout a pre-departure cabin verify. The fumes have been attributable to an oil leak within the airplane’s auxiliary energy unit mounted within the tail cone. WNBC reported that the passengers have been saved in the dead of night in regards to the motive for the delay that stretched on for hours. A passenger instructed the station, “Every time they delay it, they don’t give us a real reason for the delay. We learned that there was a malfunction of some kind, a mechanical issue of some kind, that needed to be remedied and they said that the part needed to be flown in from Atlanta, Georgia.”
A Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson instructed USA Today, “Troubleshooting of the issue continued into yesterday morning, causing our flight crews to exceed their maximum number of legally allowed duty hours and requiring them to return to the hotel for rest.” But the passengers have been caught there. Hawaiian claims that they couldn’t rebook clients as a result of there have been no seats out there with different carriers. The airline additionally didn’t have the staffing to get baggage off of the airplane.
Instead, the purchasers have been provided $12 meal vouchers and $1,000 in journey credit. Hotel lodging have been severely restricted so most passengers needed to stay within the terminal in the event that they wished to remain close by. The flight ultimately departed for Hawaii simply after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and was scheduled to go away at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.