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Coast Guard Aircraft Emergency Lands at KOA

August 21, 2015, 2:27 PM HST
* Updated August 21, 3:19 PM
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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.

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The number of flights impacted by the incident was not immediately known.

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Calls to the Coast Guard were unreturned as of press time.

The Department of Transportation was not able to be reached.

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