The descent looked anything but familiar.
As you can see it reached over 5,400 fpm at times.
I definitely felt it.
After descending from FL410 to 10k MSL, the plane got back to 16k MSL before landing.
I have looked at the flightradar replay and it looks like the plane is heading to Portland, it follows the very same path as ASA834 and HAL26 (both Honolulu-Portland flights) in front of it. Could it be that it mistakenly started to descent towards Portland ?
HAL30 at 10k MSL
Full descent path
Do you find all this strange, could there have been an emergency or misunderstanding ?
Additional details, in response to questions asked:
- We did have 2 stints of small hail hitting the airplane while descending, don't recall exactly when.
- At the very start of the descent, the seatbelt sign was not on. A couple minutes later it went on and the plane immediately started descending visibly faster.
Got a response from Hawaiian Airlines Consumer Affairs Office
We've contacted our System Operation Control Center (SOCC) and they've stated that the weather in the area of Portland Aiport was poor and the dispatcher routed the plane to not encounter the poor weather and turbulence in the higher altitude around Portland.