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Published on : Thursday, July 30, 2015
Cathay Pacific flight CX884 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in a remote U.S. military airport in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Wednesday. The plane was carrying 294 people and pilots reported smoke in the aircraft as a reason for the unscheduled landing.
According to the latest reports, all the 276 passengers and 18 crew members aboard the Cathay Pacific flight were safely evacuated.
Remote and often frigid, Shemya is one of the westernmost islands in the Aleutians, more than 1,400 miles (2,300 km) from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage.
The aircraft was inspected and deemed safe to fly again, and the passengers were taken to Anchorage. Cathay Pacific dispatched another aircraft from Hong Kong to pick up the passengers in Anchorage and fly them to Los Angeles, as per the last reports.