United Flight Returns to Hawaii Because of Fuel Issues Due to Headwinds

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A United Airlines flight head to San Francisco returned to Hawaii Sunday afternoon after only two hours due to a fuel issue caused by strong headwinds.

United Flight 724 "encountered strong headwinds" and "out of an overabundance of caution, turned back about two hours in to the flight," a United spokesperson told ABC News, The rep said strong headwinds resulted in a "fuel overburn."

The flight, with 263 passengers and 12 crew members on board, landed safely at Honolulu airport Sunday.

ABC aviation expert John Nance explained that while an incident like this is rare, the pilots on board Flight 724 did exactly what they were supposed to do in this type of situation.

"When the headwinds are greater than what were expected, and are going to be sustained for four or five hours of flight, you're simply not going to be able to land with your legal minimum of fuel," said Nance.

"It doesn't mean you're going to run out, but it means you're not going to be legal. That's when you have to turn around," he added.

According to Nance, for safety purposes, airlines need enough fuel to fly to the intended destination, hold for 30 minutes, and then fly to an alternate destination that is within a 45 minute range of the original airport. Nance was quick to note that while airlines have been very engaged for the past 20 years in trying to burn as little fuel as possible, that doesn't mean the airlines are gambling with passengers' lives.

"Airlines are not playing roulette by carrying as little fuel as they legal should. They are simply being efficient," Nance explained.

"But... [airlines] are using a lot of computer algorithms," that take into account weather patterns, "and if part of the [algorithm's] input is a certain headwind and [the headwind] gets much worse than you expected, then this can be the result," added Nance.

According to a United spokesperson, all passengers were booked overnight at a hotel and given meal vouchers. An additional flight was also added Monday morning to accommodate all passengers and get them to San Francisco, which departed at 11:42 a.m., according to a United spokesperson.

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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