BayAreaBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 260 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2621 times:
As has been pointed out previously in this thread, this was the first validation flight for AS. The FAA was on board and testing the crews ability to react to certain instances. Looks like they were asked to simulate what would happen (most likely an engine loss since the engines are the most critical part of ETOPS flights) and the decision was made to divert to OGG over HNL. Why you ask go further south? It could be anyones guess but maybe they were given the scenario that HNL could not handle the situation and they had to go the alternate aiport (This case it was OGG). Aircraft was on the ground for about 3 hours and finally continued onto HNL. It will most likely head back to SEA tomorrow, but you never know what can happen on a validation flight.