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Cathay Pacific plane in emergency landing

2011-12-24 11:58

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight made an emergency landing in Moscow due to mechanical failure, a report said Saturday.

The pilot discovered the problem shortly after the Boeing 747 with 197 passengers on board took off from Heathrow Airport in London, Hong Kong radio station RTHK reported.

The plane made an emergency landing in Moscow at 07:00 on Saturday. One passenger was quoted by RTHK as saying there was smoke inside the aircraft.

No one was injured and an airline spokesperson told the radio station that an investigation into the problem had begun.

Comments
  • Col - 2011-12-24 12:36

    Wonder how serious the problem was if it was discovered 'shortly after take-off' but it was still okay to fly to Moscow instead of turning back. Smoke on a plane is, surely, never a good thing.

      harley1 - 2011-12-24 17:45

      before you all make coments i suppose yopu are pilots ??? he did what was in the best interest of the plane and passengers wich they are highly trained to do so !!! noine of you know what the problem was but if you would like to know look at www.aviationherald.com then you can all comment !

      John - 2011-12-25 09:55

      Hi, Col, I wonder too. But as Harley1 says, pilots are experienced in handling all sorts of situations. Perhaps the landing was an emergency landing, but for a tech problem not an emergency problem. Having identified the problem, they checked the best airport to get the problem sorted out, including availability of spares, and detoured to Moscow, which is closest to their flightpath to HK.

      John - 2011-12-25 10:05

      On a lighter note, if a refugee from Europe economic crisis tries to fly for free in the front wheel well, would he cause a lot of smoke in the cabin, as he puffs away on his contraband cigarettes, to try and keep warm?

  • indianajohn - 2011-12-24 18:15

    Also love the photos of a 4 seat Cessna landing on a Cape Town road due to engine problems, next to an article about a Boeing 747 making an unscheduled landing in Moscow. I expect to see photos of a beached whale accompanying the next car accident article.

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