In-air altercation forces flight to return to Hawaii
A man aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight assaulted a male flight attendant during a flight from Honolulu to Pago Pago, American Samoa on Thursday night, an airline official said.
The altercation occurred one hour into the five-hour flight, and the plane returned to Honolulu, said Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Keoni Wagner.
The man, whose name has not been released, was questioned by police and taken into custody, Wagner said. It wasn't clear Friday afternoon whether he had been charged with a crime.
After a one-hour delay, the 177-passenger Boeing 767 resumed traveling to American Samoa.
It is a federal crime to interfere with a member of a flight crew during a commercial flight, Wagner said.
Kanealii Avenue access limited
Replacement of utility poles and other equipment on Kanealii Avenue will limit access between Pauoa Road and Kaia Street to local traffic this week.
Hawaiian Electric Company said the work will begin tomorrow and should be done by Friday. The road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The utility poles were identified as in need of replacement during an inspection. Hawaiian Telcom will also reinstall communications cables during the week.
Police, Fire, Courts
Snorkeler, 75, victim of apparent drowning
A 75-year-old man apparently drowned in the water yesterday near a Waimanalo Beach Park camping area, police said.
Emergency Medical Services spokesman Bryan Cheplic said witnesses pulled the snorkeler out of the water around 1 p.m. after he was found floating face down.
He was pronounced dead at Castle Medical Center.
Hilo man blacks out and drowns in pond
A 21-year-old Hilo man blacked out and drowned Thursday afternoon while swimming in a warm water pond in Puna, according to an autopsy report released yesterday.
Police said Henry Wagner was swimming underwater and failed to resurface at 3:51 p.m. at Champagne Pond in Kapoho.
Witnesses said several swimmers were challenging one another to see how long they could remain under water.
Surfer, 39, injured after hitting a reef
A 39-year-old surfer got into trouble at China Walls in Hawaii Kai yesterday.
The man suffered numerous injuries to the right side of his body and left arm after hitting the reef, said Capt. Greg Poole of the Honolulu Fire Department. Poole said the fire department helicopter helped bring the surfer into shore at about 12:50 p.m. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.
Fire damages office at soda warehouse
A small fire broke out at the Coca-Cola warehouse at 949 Mapunapuna Street yesterday afternoon.
Capt. Chris Ah Mook Sang of the Honolulu Fire Department said a sprinkler system contained the fire to the office. However, water damage was reported to adjacent cubicles. A damage estimate was not available yesterday.
Ah Mook Sang said a preliminary investigation revealed an electrical problem may have ignited the fire.