Monday, December 31, 2001

Shortage of crew, battery
reportedly delay flight
from Maui to Vancouver

Associated Press

KAHULUI >> Nearly 200 people had their trip to Canada delayed nearly a day when Air Canada postponed its flight from Kahului to Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday night.

The flight was scheduled to leave at 10:30 p.m. Friday, but passengers were told the flight had been delayed until midnight.

Dr. Bobby Baker, a Maui oncologist, said that he and other passengers were told around midnight that the flight had been canceled because the airline did not have a flight crew for the trip.

Baker said that passengers were told to return for a 10 a.m. flight Saturday, but were told when they checked in that the flight would not leave until 11:15 a.m. because the battery on the plane was dead and would need to be replaced.

Baker said the aircraft's pilot met with the passengers around 3 p.m. and told them he felt it was safe for the plane to fly to Honolulu and get a new battery before heading to Vancouver.

The flight to Honolulu was scheduled for 4 p.m., but an Air Canada flight information clerk said the plane left Maui at 3:45 p.m. Saturday on a direct flight to Vancouver. It was not known how the battery problem was resolved.

Another passenger, Selina Robinson of Vancouver, said some passengers tried to get on other flights to get to Canada indirectly, but the airline would not release their baggage.

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