Photo: David Zalubowski, Associated Press
Flight 694 from San Francisco originally went to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. But much to the horror of passengers, the United Airlines flight was diverted back to San Francisco mid-way on Sunday.
The twin jet Boeing 737-900 is expected to land at around 14:00 at Kona International Airport. Hawaii time. Instead, it arrived at SFO three hours after its first departure at 14:44.
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In a statement, the airline said that the plane had a mechanical problem and then had to turn around.
"The plane landed safely and the customers are in a normal position," it said.
"Customers will proceed to Kona for an alternative aircraft with a new crew. We compensate the customers and apologize for the inconvenience."
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