A United 777 crashes into the ocean after taking off from Maui
A United Airlines jet plunged hundreds of feet shortly after taking off from a Hawaii airport on Dec. 18, flight data shows.
The 777 fell from 2,200 feet to 775 feet above sea level after taking off from Kahului Airport in Maui at 2:49 p.m., Flight Radar reported. It regained the lost altitude in under a minute.
The rest of the flight to San Francisco was uneventful, the site reported.
The flight crew voluntarily reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration after landing and underwent additional training, United Airlines told CNN.
The airline and FAA did not report any injuries, according to the network.
The plane took off during a storm in Hawaii, NBC News reported. It was not clear if the weather caused the incident, however.
The 777 has 364 seats, said The Air Current blog, which first reported the incident.
Don Sweeney was a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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