Hawaiian Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo due to hydraulic fault

Officials changing a tyre of an Hawaiian Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing at Haneda airport in Tokyo on July 18.
Officials changing a tyre of an Hawaiian Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing at Haneda airport in Tokyo on July 18. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - A Hawaiian Airlines plane was forced to return to Tokyo's Haneda airport on Monday (July 18) and make an emergency landing after the pilot noticed that a hydraulic fluid indicator was reading unusually low.

An oil leak was also detected on the Airbus A330 and upon landing, eight of its tyres punctured, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 293 passengers and crew onboard Flight 458 were unhurt, it said.

The plane reportedly turned back to the airport shortly after taking off past midnight on Sunday, Xinhua said.

The plane, stranded on the tarmac due to its punctured tyres, caused some delays at Japan's busiest airport, with flagship carrier Japan Airlines forced to cancel some of its domestic flights.

According to a statement on the airport's website, no international flights were affected.

Hawaiian Airlines said a new aircraft will be sent to Haneda Airport to transport Honolulu-bound passengers to their destination, according to Xinhua.