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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (December 26, 2000 - PINA Nius Online)---A Hawaiian Airlines jet slid off the end of the runway after landing in heavy rain at Pape‘ete, French Polynesia, the Honolulu Advertiser and Associated Press reported.

The 139 passengers and 15 crewmembers escaped injury in the incident that occurred shortly before midnight Saturday local time, the airline said.

The passengers were able to leave the aircraft after it came to a stop with its nose gear resting in water.

They used the plane’s emergency escape slides to disembark, the Advertiser and AP reported.

Flight 481 was a nonstop flight from Honolulu to Pape‘ete.

The airline said the leased McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, flown by a pilot with 23 years experience, had a scheduled maintenance check on Nov. 29.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified, airline officials said.

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