Updated at 1:21 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2007
Delayed US Airways flight leaves this afternoon
Advertiser StaffA US Airways flight that was supposed to leave Kahului Airport at 10:59 last night for Phoenix, is now scheduled to leave at 12:30 p.m. today.
Company spokeswoman Valerie Wunder said the flight is a "special section" and that the plane was sent to Maui yesterday to fly people out who had missed earlier flights out due to a major brushfire that forced the closure of Honoapi'ilani Highway, blocking travel to and from the West Maui resort area.
Among those who got stuck in the traffic was the pilot who was scheduled to fly the plane, Wunder said.
Because it was a special flight that was added yesterday, other US Airways flights to and from Maui today are not being affected by the fire, Wunder said.
Maui County officials said the fire blackened about 1,400 acres near Olowalu and destroyed a home there. No injuries have been reported.