More On the Hawaiian Airlines Flight That Scared the Crap Out of Me

Last week when I was arriving in Honolulu, I posted a blog talking about how the plane swooped down and then pulled up suddenly just as we were about to land.

Today’s Honolulu Advertiser posted the following article: FAA: Cessna Crossed “Hold Line” as Hawaiian Air Flight Tried to Land.

…The pilots of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 383 were half-a-mile from landing around 11:50 a.m. when they were instructed by an air traffic controller to fly down the runway, turn around and land safely after the Cessna 172 was out of the way, said FAA spokesman Mike Fergus.

“The violation was on the part of the 172 sticking its nose out on the runway,” Fergus said. The pilot of the Cessna crossed “the hold line on the taxi line. He got himself onto the runway partially while taxi-ing for departure. … There was no immediate danger of collison

FAA investigators will interview the Cessna pilot and review the pilot’s flying record before deciding any potential penalties, Fergus said, which could range from “just a good talking to, to revoking his license…

…Keoni Wagner, spokesman for Hawaiian Airlines, could not immediately find any report of the incident today.

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Well Mr. Keoni Wagner… I’ll let you see my report again: Hawaiian Airlines Near Miss Today

And HERE ARE MY TWEETS FROM WHEN WE WERE TAXIING AFTER LANDING… (Read in Reverse order)

  1. @hawaii2000 I dunno but pilots were doing paperwork when I passed cockpit12:05 PM Oct 29th from twidroid in reply to hawaii2000
  2. @dcb97 most of us were worried about landing gear at first.12:04 PM Oct 29th from twidroid in reply to dcb97

  3. @dcb97 I feel like it.. I have never been so scared in my life. It was relief when pilot said another plane on runway…12:03 PM Oct 29th from twidroid in reply to dcb97

  4. @lobrien no, just landed12:02 PM Oct 29th from twidroid in reply to lobrien

  5. I really want off this plane in a bad way.11:55 AM Oct 29th from twidroid

  6. My heart still pounding!!!! That was freaking insane and must have cost hawaiian a bunch of money in fuel alone11:54 AM Oct 29th from twidroid

  7. All passengers were very tripped out. Pulling into gate now Hawaiianair flt. #383 u just scared the crap out of me and others!11:51 AM Oct 29th from twidroid

  8. This will definitely be on the news tonight11:49 AM Oct 29th from twidroid

  9. Holy shit!!!! We were just about to land and we pulled up and had to circle around again. Another plane was on runway!!!!!11:49 AM Oct 29th from twidroid

12th Annual Chief of Defense Conference Was Held in Hawaii Last Week

12th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference

I mentioned the other day that I would be attending the PACOM Press Conference but I really couldn’t say that much about it at the time.

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I was the only blogger that attended this Press Conference for the Chiefs of Defense Conference that finished in Hawaii last week.

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Everything was pretty tight lipped and I was very honored to be invited.

Adjusting the Lighting

The conference was attended by 22 countries Chiefs of Defense and the list of attendees was quite impressive:

PACOM List of Attendees

PACOM list of Attendees

I arrived at 2:00 in the afternoon for the 3:00 Press Conference and was debriefed of a few things and screened for a few others.  I guess they wanted to make sure I was who I said I was and that I wasn’t packing any weapons or bombs on me.

The room was set up with the podium facing us so that the Officials would have a nice backdrop behind them.  When I entered the room… I knew immediately that this set up would not work well for a press conference and voiced my concerns.

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I knew that the lighting wouldn’t work very well but after a few grumbles I just kind of kept my mouth shut.  About 20 minutes later, a TV crew from the Military came into the room… and of course they saw the same thing that I did with the room.

PACOM Room Layout

I asked them if they had back lights and they said no.  At that point, they then addressed the people in charge as well and said we needed to change the room around for better lighting.

Room Change

So with 15 minutes before the actual press conference began, we switched the layout of the room so that we could get better lighting.

Some quick Audio Visual sound checks and we were good to go.

Mic Check

A little after 3:00, military leaders began to come into the room…

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and Commander of the Pacific Command, Admiral Willard, and a few others  came into the room and shook hands with those that were in attendance.

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Admiral Willard talked about the weeks events and praised the other Countries that participated in this 12th Annual Conference.

Admiral Willard

This clip talks a bit about what they talked about during the conference:

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In this clip they talk about their joint efforts to help with the American Samoa Tsunami Relief Effort.

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And in this clip he introduces us to Joint Commander France’s Rear Admiral Jean-Louis Vichot of Armed Forces in French Polynesia and Vice Chief of Defense Force Rear Admiral Jack Steer from New Zealand.

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After about 15 minutes of briefing us of what occurred at the conference they then opened the questions up to the media present in the room.

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Here is some general information I’ve been allowed to comment on:

STATEMENT:

The conference purpose is to bring together senior military leaders from nations in the Asia-Pacific region to meet and discuss mutual security challenges, improve mutual relationships and foster security cooperation.

THEME:

The conference theme is Common Defense Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region

What is the Chief of Defense Conference?

The Chiefs of Defense Conference, or CHODs, is an annual conference of the chiefs of defense of the nations in the Asia-Pacific region. These conferences bring together senior military leaders from regional nations to meet and discuss mutual security challenges, improve mutual relationships and foster security cooperation. This is the eighth such conference, and is hosted by Admiral Robert Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

What Countries Participated this year?

Nations attending this year’s conference include: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam, and the United States.

Why do you hold these conferences?

Nations in the region have mutual and related security issues. The CHODs is designed to bring together senior military leaders from regional nations to meet and discuss mutual security challenges, improve mutual relationships and foster security cooperation.

What will be discussed at the conference?

These conferences bring together senior military leaders from regional nations to meet and discuss mutual security challenges, improve mutual relationships and foster security cooperation. It has been our past practice not to discuss details of the conference, to include agenda, activities, etc. To encourage frank and open discussions, the conferences are not open to media

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It was a very moving experience for me, and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to meet these world leaders and hear about what they were doing in Hawaii.

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There was lots of stuff I saw… but I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of and obviously I’m not gonna talk about it on my blog either.

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After the press conference ended, a Military Official asked me why I didn’t ask any questions of the World Leaders.  I basically told them that I wasn’t going to stick my foot in my mouth with the world watching!

And still to this day… I wonder if they were trying to “jam my data signal” from reaching my phone from inside of that room… as i really wanted to Twitter things out to the world… but I literally had to step outside of the room just to catch a signal!

Data?

"Go figure the most important meeting in my life and I can't catch my data plan"

You can view a short blog I made about this shortly after the event from my cell phone here: So I met an Admiral