02 February 2010
Island Air flight MKU419 (OGG-HNL) was forced to land on Runway 8R today after someone called in a bomb threat. The Dash8-100 is seen above landing on "Reef Runway", this was right before I was commanded not to take pictures by a Hawai‘i Sheriff's Department deputy.
I just happened to be there to watch planes while I ate lunch, and had my camera with me. After hearing on my scanner of the flight diversion to land on 8R, and seeing the fire trucks scramble down Taxiway RA and RT. Another spotter and myself waited to see what was about to happen. We saw the Dash8 about a mile out on a right base leg for 8R, and I popped up through my sunroof to get the landing photos. The fire trucks followed the Dash8 until it it exited 8R on Taxiway RG. Minutes after coming to a stop, and passengers and crew evacuating, Sheriff's Dept. cruisers, TSA cars, HIK fire trucks, and the HIK EOD team scrambled to the plane. An airport Wiki-wiki bus transported the passengers back to the terminal.
Fortunately, no device was found, and the investigation continues.
The above photo was also submitted to Hawaii News Now, and subsequently run online & on Sunrise.