Yes, apparently it WAS a miracle that the plane made it back to Honolulu safely.
I've heard that they have since simulated this incident on flight simulators and after what happened to that aircraft, there's no way in the world it should have made it back to HNL.
Has anyone heard that story?
The young New Zealander that was killed is from the next suburb over from me about 2 kms away.
Plane was on its way to Auckland, New Zealand, not Australia.