Odor prompts emergency landing of Hawaiian Airlines flight

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Odor prompts emergency landing of Hawaiian Airlines flight
#Oakland-bound #HawaiianAirlines flight forced to make emergency landing in #Maui http://t.co/tBV09veohj http://t.co/QKWrH2rXR9
UPDATE: HA24 had an emergency landing in OGG at 11:50am. All customers were evacuated. At this time no reports of serious injuries.
UPDATE: @HawaiianAir confirms that 2 passengers were taken to hospital w/ minor injuries following evacuation http://t.co/M3IiaM4wtd #HINews

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) -- Hawaiian Airlines passengers had to exit a plane using emergency slides after an odor of fumes led crew members to turn the flight around soon after takeoff.

The airline says Hawaiian Flight 24 left Maui's Kahului airport on Friday morning bound for Oakland, California. The crew declared an emergency, and the plane returned to Kahului a half-hour later.

The airline says an investigation is underway to determine the source of the odor.

All 224 passengers were evacuated via the slides. The airline says two passengers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Passengers have the option to take an Oakland-bound flight scheduled to depart later in the day.

The airline says it will also provide overnight accommodations to those who prefer to remain on Maui and take a flight Saturday.

Hawaiian plans to refund airfare for all affected passengers.

The airline apologized for the disruption and praised the crew for taking swift and decisive action.

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