Feds investigate Southwest flight’s rapid descent off coast of Kaua‘i

Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft comes in for a landing at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Friday, June 14, 2024, in Honolulu. The FAA recently launched an investigation into a Southwest Airlines flight on April 11, 2024 from Honolulu to Lihue in which a drastic drop and climb occurred mid-flight.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Southwest Airlines Co. passenger flight in April came within 400 feet of slamming into the ocean off the coast of Kaua‘i after weather conditions forced pilots to bypass a landing attempt.