Aloha Airlines Flight 243 – The safe landing in Kahului

Aloha Airlines Flight 243 – The safe landing in Kahului

Flight was a scheduled Aloha Airlines flight between Hilo and Honolulu in Hawaii. On April 28, 1988, a Boeing 737-297 serving the flight suffered extensive damage after an explosive decompression in flight, but was able to land safely at Kahului Airport on Maui.

There was one fatality, flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing, who was ejected from the airplane. Another 65 passengers and crew were injured. Despite the substantial damage inflicted by the decompression, and the loss of one cabin crew member, the safe landing of the aircraft established the incident as a significant event in the history of aviation, with far-reaching effects on aviation safety policies and procedures.

Wrecked remains of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 with a section of roof missing after it peeled back at 24,000 feet in 1988 / Image: Bruce Asato/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Featured Image: Aloha Airlines Flight Incident / Image: Robert Nichols/Picture Alliance

Websites: airports.hawaii.gov



 

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