Relief Flight From Hawaii Heads To Samoa

Oct. 1, 2009

A Hawaiian Airlines flight is scheduled to take emergency supplies on Wednesday to American Samoa after the earthquake and tsunamis that hit the islands.

The flight is scheduled to leave at midday for Pago Pago.

Hawaiian Airlines and Bank of Hawaii each donated $10,000 worth of supplies. Webco, Walmart and City Mill also made donations, Hawaiian Air said.

The jet will carry airline employee volunteers, relief workers of the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and volunteer physicians from Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Hawaiian Air said.

"We are thankful that all of our employees in American Samoa are accounted for and safe. Now we can turn our attention to bringing as many relief supplies and helping hands to the beleaguered community as possible," Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said.

Hawaiian will resume its twice-weekly scheduled service to Pago Pago Thursday at 5 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said that the airport can be used.

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