Flight attendant assaulted on Hawaiian Airlines flight

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday a passenger assaulted one of its flight attendants in an unprovoked attack during a flight.

The airline said the incident occurred shortly after flight HA152 left Honolulu for Hilo at 7:30 a.m. The flight attendant was walking down the aisle at the time.

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The pilot returned the plane to Honolulu, where the passenger got off and “was met by authorities,” the airline said in a statement.

FBI spokesperson Joy Van Der Voort said the agency was investigating the matter.

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Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson Alex Da Silva said the flight attendant was evaluated for injuries and released from work to rest.

The flight took off again for Hilo at 9:09 a.m.

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