737 Max flown to San Francisco

A United Airlines 737 Max jetliner grounded at Kahului Airport on Wednesday was flown, without passengers, to San Francisco on Friday, according to an airport official.

Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz said Monday that United received Federal Aviation Administration maintenance ferry flight clearance to fly the plane out of Kahului Airport. There were no passengers on the flight, but in addition to the pilots there were mechanics aboard, he said.

The FAA grounded the 737 Max on Wednesday following Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesian Lion Air crashes involving the aircraft. The planes remain grounded.

United Flight 417 arrived at Kahului Airport on Wednesday morning from Los Angeles and was grounded. The airline has been continuing to fly the route with different aircraft, airlines officials have said.