Strange odor grounds Alaska flight

LIHUE — A flight from Lihue to San Jose, California, was grounded Wednesday after a flight attendant reported smelling a strange odor.

The plane, a Boeing 737, was scheduled to leave the Lihue Airport at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. It was grounded just before takeoff after a smell was discovered during a pre-boarding check, said Bobbie Egan, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines.

There were 126 passengers on Flight 844, who spent the night at a hotel, Egan said.

A Boeing 737 can carry 156 passengers.

The plane was taken from the runway, and is undergoing a full inspection, Egan said.

“There are no findings yet,” she said.

Four flight attendants were treated for throat irritation, but no one was injured.

On Thursday afternoon, the passengers took Flight 9342 to San Jose aboard a different aircraft, Egan said.

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The Garden Island

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