Coast Guard Aircraft Emergency Lands at KOA
A runway at Kona International Airport underwent an emergency landing due to a hydraulic problem Friday, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Lynn Lunsford.
The landing of a United States Coast Guard C-130 reportedly occurred at 10:44 a.m. FAA officials told Big Island Now that the aircraft landed safely and remained on the runway until it could be towed.
At 12:51 p.m., the runway at Kona International was reopened.
Tony Molinaro, a FAA Public Affairs spokesperson, said the emergency landing, coupled with the fact that KOA is a single runaway airport, delayed flights due inaccessibility to the runway.
The number of flights impacted by the incident was not immediately known.
Calls to the Coast Guard were unreturned as of press time.
The Department of Transportation was not able to be reached.