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Hawaiian Airlines flight turns around after passenger tries to punch crew

The flight was about four hours into the flight when a passenger, who is reportedly a convicted felon, turned and tried to punch a flight attendant.
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A Hawaiian Airlines flight on the way to South Korea Wednesday evening, was forced to return to Honolulu after a passenger on board became violent.

According to reports, the flight had departed HNL airport and it was around four hours into the flight at 1 pm, when a passenger, who is reportedly a convicted felon, turned and tried to punch a flight attendant.

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Although the passenger will be missed, some of the other passengers held the suspect as the captain turned the flight around.

The unruly passenger was probably drunk that brought his own whisky on board the flight, according to reports from Hawaii News Now.

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The police and Border Protection agents met the plane when it landed and arrested the suspect.

None of the 263 passengers or 13 crew members were reported injured.

In a statement to Fox News, Hawaiian Airlines confirmed the event.

“Hawaiian Airlines flight HA459 left Honolulu for the Incheon International Airport yesterday at 1 pm local time, carrying 263 passengers and 13 crew members. About four hours into the flight, the Captain made the decision to return to Honolulu due to an unruly passenger. Passengers briefly deplaned and HA459 left HNL at 10:35 a.m. and arrived at ICN, 4:28 pm local time today. We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience.”

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A new departure for South Korea was set to 10:10 pm, Wednesday night. According to Flight Aware, the plane landed at Incheon International Airport 9 hours and 28 minutes later than expected, at 4:28 p.m. local time.

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