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Southwest Airlines flight to Hawaiian Island crashes and comes within 400 feet of the Pacific Ocean

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A Southwest Airlines flight from Honolulu to Kauai had a frightening experience when it came within 400 feet of the Pacific Ocean due to poor weather conditions. The pilots had to quickly change course to avoid disaster, leaving the passengers terrified as the plane dropped from 16,000 feet to just 409 feet.

According to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News, the incident occurred during an aborted landing attempt caused by poor visibility due to weather. The captain decided to let a less experienced first officer take control of the aircraft, who accidentally made a wrong move by pushing the control column forward and reducing speed, causing the aircraft to descend rapidly. This activated a warning system that alerted the crew that the aircraft was dangerously close to the terrain.

The captain then instructed the first officer to increase thrust, causing the aircraft to climb aggressively at a speed of 8,500 feet per minute. The flight, which was supposed to be a short 22-minute journey, had to return to Honolulu after the incident and land safely without any injuries to passengers or crew.

Southwest Airlines stated that safety is their top priority and that the event was handled appropriately. The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating the incident to determine the cause and prevent future occurrences.

The incident is reminiscent of a similar event involving a United Airlines Boeing 777 in 2022, when the plane plunged 750 feet shortly after takeoff from Maui. After landing, the pilots reported the incident and underwent additional training to ensure safety on future flights.

It is critical that airlines prioritize safety and ensure pilots are well prepared for unexpected situations in the air. Passengers trust that they will arrive safely at their destinations, and incidents like these serve as an important reminder of the importance of proper training and adherence to safety protocols in the aviation industry.