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Can anyone do the maths on Flight Paths?

Since Flight Club is DOA, this story has kinda made people go “Bullshit!” on the maths. Quote from article:

Flight HA 50 was nearly halfway to the John F. Kennedy International Airport when pilots turned around because of the man, who appeared to be drunk.

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The court document says the captain decided to turn the plane around.

Hawaiian Airlines says Tuesday’s flight took off from Honolulu International Airport at about 4:30 p.m. and then returned at about 9:30 p.m. It took off again around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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So people on Facebook are wondering how the hell was it justified for the Hawaiian Airlines plane to turn back to Honolulu when if the plane was “halfway into the flight” it would’ve been somewhere above California:

The halfway point between Honolulu, Hawaii and New York, New York is: Loomis California.

Some noted that the flight was maybe 2.5 hours in, the incident happened, and the plane went back to Hawaii which took 2.5 hours, giving the 5 hour time frame.

Other factors to include is that it’s from Hawaii to New York, which one commentor noted it was a 14 hour flight. And the Airbus A330 would be the aircraft used.

So folks.......is the internet commenters right, or is it just shitty reporting?

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