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The Associated Press

Sydney flight returns to HNL

HONOLULU — A Hawaiian Airlines plane bound for Sydney returned to Honolulu after takeoff on Sunday because of a possible mechanical problem.

An airline spokeswoman says the flight was diverted just over an hour after takeoff due to a possible problem with one of its three hydraulic systems. The flight to Australia normally takes about 10 hours.

Spokeswoman Ann Botticelli says there was no emergency and the plane landed without incident. The 201 passengers aboard Flight No. 451 are being re-accommodated on the first available aircraft, she added.


Park to open for lava viewing

HONOLULU — People could soon have access to see the aftermath of the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island after a beach park reopens.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Big Island officials are planning to reopen the Isaac Hale Beach Park this week as well as dismantle the security checkpoint into Leilani Estates.

The end of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is now marked by fissure 8, a 60-foot lava cone created by the eruption.

Jay Turkovsky of the Leilani Community Association says he expects the area to be overrun by people wanting to see the fissure when the checkpoint goes down.