Six Hospitalized Following American Airlines Plane's Hard Landing at Maui Airport
Authorities Investigate Incident as Passengers Hospitalized Following American Airlines Hard Landing in Maui.
Six individuals sustained injuries after an American Airlines aircraft experienced a challenging landing at Kahului Airport in Maui on Saturday afternoon, as confirmed by federal authorities and multiple sources.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) disclosed that it is currently investigating the incident involving American Airlines Flight 271, an Airbus A320, which reportedly encountered a "hard landing" on the runway around 2:00 p.m. local time.
While American Airlines has not yet responded to requests for comment from various news outlets, it was reported that one passenger and five flight attendants were transported to the hospital in stable condition and later discharged.
The flight, originating from Los Angeles, carried 167 passengers and seven crew members, according to sources familiar with the matter.
"After landing, the aircraft taxied to the gate under its own power, and passengers disembarked without incident," American Airlines mentioned.
Furthermore, the airline confirmed that the aircraft has been withdrawn from service for a comprehensive inspection by its maintenance team.
"Our utmost priority is the safety of both our passengers and crew members," the airline emphasized.
Local News Sources, citing Kahului Airport, reported that the flight arrived more than an hour later than its scheduled arrival time of 12:47 p.m., following a delay in departure from LAX. The cause of the delay and its potential relation to the challenging landing remains unclear.
Efforts to obtain further insights from the Maui Police Department, American Airlines, and Hawaii's Department of Transportation are ongoing.