Oops! American Airlines accidentally sends wrong plane to Hawaii

  • AFP, Washington
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 13:25 IST

American Airlines accidentally sent the wrong plane across the ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a company spokesperson confirmed to AFP on Sunday.

In the August 31 incident, first reported by blogger Brian Sumers, a plane that was not authorised to fly long distances over open water made the flight, albeit safely, to Honolulu.

American Airlines spokesperson Casey Norton said they were still looking into how the mix-up happened.

He emphasised that the plane that made the trip, an Airbus A321S, is the same plane as the one that was supposed to make it, an Airbus A321H, aside from having an "ETOPS" certification, which requires the plane to carry additional equipment.

"It has the same engine, same fuel tanks, same range," Norton told AFP, but he said, the A321H has extra medical oxygen -- different from the oxygen masks that drop from the ceiling -- for an in-flight medical emergency and an additional fire-suppression canister.

Planes that are flying over water in an area where they will be more than an hour from a possible landing area are required to carry that precautionary equipment and the ETOPS authorisation certifying they are on-board, he said.

He said the Federal Aviation Administration was "immediately notified" about the incident and that they have revised their software to "properly identify that correct aircraft are operating the correct routes".

Norton said he was not aware of similar past incidents at American or other airlines.

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