Date
23 January 2017
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER aircraft similar to this one was deemed safe to fly again after making an emergency landing in Alaska due to cabin smoke. Photo: Internet
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER aircraft similar to this one was deemed safe to fly again after making an emergency landing in Alaska due to cabin smoke. Photo: Internet

Cathay Pacific plane makes emergency landing in Alaska

Cabin smoke forced a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong with nearly 300 people on board into an emergency landing on a remote Alaska island.

All 276 passengers and 18 crew members aboard flight CX884, a Boeing Co 777-300ER, are safe, airline representative Tracey Kwong said in an e-mail seen by Reuters.

The plane was enroute to Los Angeles when it was diverted to a remote US military airport in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Wednesday after smoke began to fill the cabin, airline officials said.

US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the emergency landing went without incident before dawn at Eareckson Air Station in Shemya, Alaska.

Shemya is a frigid outpost on the westernmost part of the Aleutians, more than 2,300 kilometers from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage.

The aircraft was inspected and deemed safe to fly again.

The passengers were taken to Anchorage, Jennifer Pearson, a spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific, said.

The ariline dispatched another aircraft from Hong Kong to pick up the passengers in Anchorage and fly them to Los Angeles, airline officials said.

A representative for Boeing declined to comment, referring questions on the incident to the airline.

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