6 Injuries From American Airlines A321neo Hard Landing In Hawaii

By Spyros Georgilidakis | January 28, 2024

Multiple passengers and crew were taken to hospital after an American Airlines Airbus A321neo made a hard landing. The FAA is investigating.

This accident happened on Saturday the 27th of January, involving American Airlines flight AA-271. The airline performs this flight daily, departing from Los Angeles International (KLAX) at 8:50 AM. Its destination is Kahului Airport (PHOG) in Hawaii.

6 Injuries From American Airlines A321neo Hard Landing In Hawaii
Photo: Airbus

On the day of this hard landing accident, there were 167 passengers and 7 crew on board the American Airlines A321neo. The flight departed from Los Angeles with a delay of approximately one hour and forty minutes.

According to some reports, the passengers had to spend much of that time sitting on board the aircraft. Eventually, the flight took off uneventfully, using runway 25R. Its climb was also uneventful, but for nearly two hours, the aircraft flew at only FL280.

Photo: Nikita Grishin

After this, the aircraft climbed further, to cruise at FL340 for the rest of the flight. At this stage, we don’t know if these delays or the cruise altitude have any bearing on the landing of this American Airlines A321neo.

American Airlines A321neo Hard Landing

The flight crew would land on runway 20 in Kahului. They did so in windy and possibly gusty conditions, just after 2 PM local time (12:03 AM UTC):

  • PHOG 272354Z 20023KT 10SM FEW020 SCT045 27/21 A2983 RMK AO2 PK WND 19030/2319 SLP108 T02670206 10272 20233 58029=
  • PHOG 280054Z 20017G25KT 10SM FEW035 SCT060 26/21 A2983 RMK AO2 PK WND 19030/0023 SLP106 T02610206=
Photo: Carguychris, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is not clear if the injuries of the American Airlines passengers and crew happened during the landing itself. ADS-B data suggests that the aircraft briefly climbed, just before touching down.

After the incident, the flight crew taxied the aircraft to a gate. 5 cabin crew members and one passenger were taken to a hospital for checks. But they were in a stable condition and reportedly didn’t need to spend the night at the hospital.

6 Injuries From American Airlines A321neo Hard Landing In Hawaii
The accident aircraft. Photo: Nyttend

The rest of the passengers disembarked normally. After the event, the FAA reported that the American Airlines A321neo suffered a hard landing. In a statement, American Airlines confirmed that this A321neo “experienced an issue upon landing”.

The airline canceled the return flight (AA-212) to LAX. As of this writing, the aircraft remains in Kahului, after being towed to a remote stand. It has tail number N416AN and is just under four years old. American took delivery of this jet in February 2020.



  • In the states last summer, AA had nothing but rather hard—even bouncy—landings! I imagine that gusty windy conditions require more speed on landing, and maybe a more abrupt contact with the ground?

  • Kablammo!

  • Did they have a technical issue in the air so they had to land quickly? I might have to read over the article again!

  • Thankfully it wasn’t a fatal thing. Seems like they just wanted an airbus to have an event to take the pressure off of boeing a little bit. Just realised the name of the Airbus: Air Bus!

  • Wow I didn’t know American Airlines was operated by Ryanair! 😅

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