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Guam flight to Honolulu returns

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Passengers who were on board United Airlines Flight 200 returned to Guam just minutes ago. This morning United Corporate Communications confirmed with KUAM News that the flight from Guam to Honolulu was delayed following a "seal issue of the first officer's window of the cockpit." The aircraft was scheduled to leave Guam at 10:30 this morning. KUAM News has confirmed the Boeing 777–200 aircraft just arrived back to the Guam International Airport.   . Passengers coming out of the arrivals section of the airport this afternoon told KUAM two hours into the flight they heard a whistling noise after which the plane turned around and headed back to Guam.

This is the latest in a series of incidents involving United Airlines. In July a flight from Hawaii was delayed to Guam, after the Boeing 777 aircraft experienced a mechanical issue. Just a week before that another United Airlines flight from Hawaii was delayed due to a burning smell. The same plane, a Boeing 777, was eventually cleared for take–off. On its way to Guam, however it was diverted to Midway Island after experiencing what United Airlines said was "mechanical issues".  A passenger on board that flight told KUAM News there were reports of a burning smell. When they were on Midway Island, the pilot told them something electrical was burning and they lost certain radios and radar.

As for why today's flight to Hawaii was diverted back to Guam, United Corporate Communications issued the following statement:

 “United Airlines flight UA200 from Guam to Honolulu on Aug. 5, a Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 297 customers and a crew of 13 on board, returned to Guam after take-off due to a maintenance issue.  The aircraft landed safely.  Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft.  We are making arrangements for our customers to complete their journeys.  We regret any inconvenience experienced by our customers.”

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