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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:40 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Smoke odor forces return of Hawaiian jet to Oregon

Advertiser Staff

A Hawaiian Airlines DC-10 was forced to return to Portland today after passengers smelled smoke in the cabin about 20 to 30 minutes after takeoff.

No smoke was seen inside Flight 25, which left Portland, Ore., at 9:20 a.m., and the plane functioned normally throughout the flight, said Keoni Wagner, Hawaiian Airlines spokesman. Mechanics were inspecting the plane.

But Wagner said other flights have experienced a similar problem when oil residue comes in contact with hot parts of the airplane's air-conditioning system.

There were 285 passengers on board the flight today, he said. The flight was expected to resume about 3:30 p.m., Portland time.