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Atlas Air makes emergency landing

No injuries were reported after an Atlas Air flight carrying more than 200 people had to return to Honolulu after experiencing engine problems Saturday evening, officials said.

Video shared on social media showed passengers sitting in a pitch-black cabin as lights and flames flashed outside the windows.

The pilot of an Atlas Air Boeing 767, with 212 people aboard, declared an emergency and returned to Honolulu, landing without incident, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

The passenger flight landed safely at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport following a mechanical issue with one engine, said Debbie Coffey, vice president and chief communications officer for Atlas Air.

“At Atlas, safety is always our top priority and we will be conducting a thorough inspection to determine the cause,” Coffey said.

‘Deadliest Catch’ vessel visits Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A renowned fishing vessel featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” series docked off the coast of the Big Island on Friday as filming wraps up.

The 128-foot vessel named The Cornelia Marie and its crew anchored in Kailua Bay as they finish filming the second season of “Deadliest Catch: Bloodline,” West Hawaii Today reported.

Hawaii Island Film Commissioner Justin Finestone said filming for the spin-off show began in early August following the quarantine of the mainland crew and has taken place mostly on private property.

“Their productions tend to be very safe because they have to follow industry guidelines — they take all the precautions that the CDC has out there that we all take in our daily lives and they ramp it up to a higher a level,” Finestone said.

He also said the crew hires local people and contributes to the economy by spending money on food, lodging and other things.

The show follows fishermen Josh Harris, Casey McManus and Jeff Silva as they investigate old fishing charts near the Big Island left by Josh’s late father, Phil Harris.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of the community around here — especially the entire state of Hawaii supporting what Josh and I and Jeff are doing right now,” McManus said.

“I can’t thank everyone enough that’s met us or that has had to deal with us — like for helping, showing us the right way it’s done out here. I love it. I appreciate it. I’m thankful for you guys. Thank you very much man,” Harris said.

Councilman’s meth ring trial postponed

HONOLULU — A U.S. judge on Wednesday postponed trial for 12 people accused of drug trafficking in Hawaii, over the objections of a councilman accused of leading the ring.

Trial was originally scheduled for October for Arthur Brun, an elected member of the Kauai County Council, and 11 co-defendants. Prosecutors say Brun supplied guns, conspired with a gang leader, requested sexual favors as payment for drugs and assaulted a law enforcement officer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Wes Reber Porter said the trial needs to be postponed partly because of constraints on jury trials during the coronavirus pandemic and because federal prosecutors are asking that the case be declared complex.

He tentatively set a new date for Feb. 1.

Brun has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Rustam Barbee, said Brun opposes postponement because he’s being held in the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.

The other defendants didn’t oppose postponing the trial.