Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The incident took place following the triggering of a smoke alarm on the aircraft.
Flight KA622 in Zhejiang province of Hangzhou was carrying 219 passengers on board. It had taken off from Hong Kong International Airport around 8.22 p.m. However, the Airbus A330 had turned back around 9.10 p.m. when it was over 33,000 feet over South China Sea close to Shanwei in Guangdong. This happened after the alarm had gone off inside the rear cargo area of the airplane.
The staff members of the air traffic control of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department had declared a ‘full emergency’ after it had observed the situation around 9.15 p.m.
The plane then made a safe landing at Chek Lap Kok at 9.40 p.m. None of the passengers were injured. And, the Fire Services Department of the city did not find any signs of a fire. The full emergency situation was controlled around 9.50 p.m.
A spokesperson of Cathay Dragon said that an initial investigation indicated that an alarm issue inside the rear cargo area and absence of visible smoke was reported.
An investigation has been launched to commence a probe.
A Cathay Pacific Airways training flight made an emergency landing on 6th March at Hong Kong International Airport after a problem had been detected with one of its engines was found out while it was moving towards a nearby airport at Zhuhai in Guangdong. Even in this case, no injuries were reported.