Aloha Airlines plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares since 1970. The numbered events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur.

Aloha Airlines ceased operations in March 2008

    28 April 1988; Aloha 737-200; near Maui, HI: The aircraft, with 90 passengers and five crew members on board, was on a scheduled flight from Honolulu to Hilo, Hawaii. The aircraft experienced an explosive decompression and structural failure at about 24,000 feet due to metal fatigue in an upper cabin area. A roughly 18-foot long section of the fuselage separated from the aircraft, and a flight attendant who was standing in the aisle at the time was ejected out of the aircraft.

    The crew was able to execute a successful emergency landing with a significant portion of the upper fuselage missing. In addition to the fatally injured flight attendant, seven passengers were seriously injured. This event made metal fatigue a major area of concern for the FAA, especially for older aircraft.

    Note: Even though no passengers were killed and therefore not a fatal airline event, this mishap is included in this list because of the effect it had on air safety practices. As a result of this accident, there were a number of regulatory changes involving inspection requirements for older aircraft such as the one involved in this event. The following resources provide more information about this accident:
    Independent analysis of the accident by Hawaiian Steam Engineering
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  1. 28 October 1989; Aloha Island Air Twin Otter; Molokai, HI: The aircraft was flying from Maui under conditions of reduced visibility, turned early during its approach to Molokai, and hit high ground on northeast coast of the island. Both crew members and all 18 passengers were killed.

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Aloha Airlines plane crashes -- Revised: Revised: 10 November 2015