7 Jun 2007

American Samoa Senate president seeks answer after turbulent flight to Hawaii

5:25 pm on 7 June 2007

American Samoa's Senate President has sought an explanation from Hawaiian Airlines about an incident last month which sent one passenger to hospital with a head injury.

Lolo Moliga says he and a territorial delegation were on board the flight, for a stop in Honolulu, enroute to Washington for a meeting on the minimum wage issue.

He says about an hour before landing, the plane shook violently with a sudden lost of altitude.

One passenger was taken to Straub hospital in Honolulu for treatment for a head injury, and two others also reported injuries.

Lolo says many passengers were shaken by what he calls a near death experience.

He has asked Haiwaiian's President and management for an explanation, since none was provided by the pilot of that flight.