UA flight with cabin odor lands in Midway atoll

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Honolulu, HI, United States (4E) – A United Airlines Hawaii-Guam flight with 348 passengers made an emergency landing in the remote Pacific island of Midway on Friday night after electrical odor filled its cabin.

No one was hurt when the Boeing 777 aircraft landed in the atoll 1,300 miles northwest of Hawaii. United spokeswoman Mary Clark said an odor in the cabin prompted the pilot to divert the flight to Midway, which is now a marine sanctuary.

A passenger claimed the pilot told them there was smoke in the cabin and the radar and other systems failed so he had to land and figure out what was wrong. The passenger, Karen von Merveldt-Guevara of Sedona, Arizona, told CNN in a phone interview Sunday that the smell was already there before the flight took off from Honolulu.

Clark said an investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of the smell. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the incident.

The 335 passengers and 13 UA crew spent seven hours in the famed military air base during World War II before a replacement plane arrived and brought them back to Honolulu. The passengers were then transferred to another plane that flew them to Guam arriving in the island at 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to Clark.

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