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Aircraft Incidents at HNL

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August 18, 2003 Both of an Air Canada Airbus A340-300 airplane's center landing gear tires (No.s 9 and 10) shredded during the takeoff roll, damaging the door retraction arms and multiple fuselage skin panels.  The flight crew could not retract the landing gear and elected to return to HNL and performed an uneventful overweight landing.  There were no injuries.
March 5, 2001 An American Trans-Air L1011 was climbing from HNL going through 9,000 feet, when the No. 1 engine experienced an uncontained failure in plane of low pressure turbine.  Fragments penetrated the left main wheel area and disabled the "C" hydraulic system.  The plane returned to HNL without further incident.  There were no injuries.
January 5, 2001 An Evergreen International Airlines Boeing 747-200F experienced smoke in the cockpit enroute to HNL from Pago Pago.  No injuries.
December 29, 2000 A Delta Airlines L-1011 Flight 219 experienced an electrical fire forward of the flight engineer's station while en route from SFO to HNL.  No injuries.
February 9, 1998 A Hawaiian Airlines DC-9-51 reported fire from its right engine and aborted takeoff.  Passengers were disembarked via stairs.  Emergency chutes did not deploy.  No injuries.
November 4, 1994 A single engine Cherokee 140 plane crashed into a building shortly after taking off from HNL.  The pilot and one passenger were killed.
June 19, 1994 A United Airlines 747 lost a wing panel during a flight to San Francisco. The plane returned safely to HNL.  There were no injuries.
January 4, 1992 A Cessna 310 disappeared while on a flight from HNL to Kahului.  The pilot and four passengers were reported missing.  The aircraft was never found.
July 21, 1991 A Hawaiian Airlines DC-9 ladder compartment's exterior door "popped" off as the plane took off from HNL.  The pilot turned the craft around and landed it without any further incident or injuries.
February 24, 1989 A United Airlines plane made an emergency landing at HNL after a section of the Boeing 747 fuselage tore off in mid-flight.  The flight originated in Los Angeles and was destined for Sydney, Australia with stops in Honolulu and Auckland.  The plane landed safely at HNL.  Nine passengers were swept from the plane.  One attendant and 20 of the 336 passengers were injured.
December 2, 1988 A Hawaiian Airlines DC9-80 made an emergency landing at HNL after one of its two engines fell apart with debris falling to the ground.  None of the 117 passengers aboard was injured.  No one on the ground was injured from falling debris.
November 16, 1984 An United Airlines 747 aborted its takeoff when a tire housing exploded and made a hole in the fuel tank.  Passengers were evacuated down the emergency chutes; 31 were injured.  The Reef Runway was closed for nearly three hours.
July 16, 1984 A Pacific Air Express twin-engine Beechcraft bound for Kauai ditched in the lagoon off HNL after its right engine failed.  The pilot was rescued by a nearby boat. 
February 2, 1984 A military C-141 transport aborted its takeoff after two tires in the right main landing gear blew.  The incident closed the Reef runway for three hours. There were no injuries.
October 17, 1982 Smoke in the cabin from a ruptured hydraulic line caused passengers aboard a Hawaiian Airlines DC 9-80 to be evacuated down emergency chutes after landing.  Two were injured.
August 21, 1982 A World AIrlines DC-10 aborted its flight from HNL to LAX when its tail engine caught fire.  The plane turned back about 20 minutes after takeoff.  The fire was extinguished upon landing by airport crash fire crews. There were no injuries.
August 11, 1982 A bomb exploded aboard a Pan American 747 en route from Japan to HNL.  The plane was 140 miles from Honolulu when the explosion occurred. The plane landed safely in Honolulu.  One person was killed and 15 were injured by the explosion.
August 17, 1980 United Airline DC-10 aborted its takeoff from the Reef Runway after two tires of the main landing gear blew out. There were no injuries.
June 15, 1980 A fire in the left engine forced a Kauai-bound Hawaiian Airlines DC-9 to abort its takeoff.  The fire was extinguished by airport crash fire crews.  Passengers were evacuated down emergency exit slides; three persons were injured.
October 15, 1979 A United Airlines 747 was forced to abort its landing when a small plane mistakenly landed on the runway where the 747 was about to come down.  The pilot pulled the plane up and circled out to sea for another approach and landed safely.
October 8, 1979 A Hong Kong bound Braniff Airways 747 aborted its takeoff when its right outboard engine lost power.  Safety valves in the plane's brakes collapsed 11 of the the plane's 18 tires as it stopped. There were no injuries.
June 18, 1979 An Air New Zealand DC-8 blew a tire during takeoff, damaging the plane's wing.  There were no injuries.
June 15, 1978 An Air Cargo Enterprise DC-4 commercial cargo plane made an emergency landing on the Reef Runway after losing an engine on takeoff. The plane was about 200 to 300 feet off the ground when a blade from a three-blade prop fell from the outside engine of the left wing, causing the plane to vibrate and the engine to be ripped from the wing. There were no injuries.
April 12, 1978 A Philippine Airlines DC-10's takeoff for Manila was aborted when one or two tires on the right wing gear blew on the takeoff.  Four additional tires deflated because of the braking action.  There were no injuries.
March 1, 1978 A Continental Airlines DC-10 bound for Seattle blew two main gear tires on the left main gear while the plane was about halfway into the takeoff roll. The pilot aborted the takeoff.  There were no injuries.
December 11, 1976 A China Airlilnes 747 bound for Tokyo had an explosion and fire in its number three engine shortly after takeoff. The plane returned to HNL and landed safely. There were no injuries.
June 27, 1969 An Aloha Airlines turbo-prop viscount, backing away from the gate on a flight to Molokai,crashed into a parked Hawaiian Airlines DC-9 after losing its hydraulic system.  No one was seriously injured.
December 19, 1967 An United Airlines DC-8 inbound from Los Angeles skidded 700 feet off a rain slicked runway, stopping 18 yards from a drainage canal. There were no injuries.
November 21, 1967 A British Overseas Airways Corp. 707 aborted its takeoff after an engine caught fire while the plane was speeding down the runway for takeoff. The fire was put out by airport crash fire crews.  Passengers were evacuated down emergency exit chutes. Six persons were injured.
July 22, 1962 The first fatal crash involving a commercial airliner on Hawaiian soil occurred when a Canadian Pacific Airlines jet-prop Britannia crashed at HNL.  The plane had taken off from HNL and was bound for Fiji. Ten minutes after takeoff the plane turned back because of an engine failure. The plane missed the runway and crashed. Twenty-seven of the 40 on board were killed.
September 5, 1959 The nose gear on a Northwest Orient Airlines DC-6B collapsed as the plane came in for a landing after a flight from Seattle and Portland.  The plane skidded on its nose for 150 yards down a wet runway. There was no injuries.
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