A Cathay Pacific plane with 256 passengers that left Hong Kong on Saturday evening experienced a brakes problem but landed safely in New Delhi.
Flight CX695, whose departure had been delayed by 22 minutes, was descending towards Delhi at altitude of about 16,000 feet when a brakes problem was indicated on the checklist, prompting the flying crew to declare an emergency, Apple Daily reported on Monday.
The Airbus A330-300 stayed about an hour in the air, circling over Delhi six times, before it landed safely on the runway, where more than 10 fire engines and ambulance vehicles were on standby.
A flight attendant who was believed to be one of the crew members onboard shared her experience on social media, saying it was a moment she would never forget as it was the first time she ever came so close to death.
She said she had learned that the brakes on the right side of the plane was not working, which meant that the plane could go out of control once it touched the ground.
Passengers held each other’s hands and prayed while the plane was on its final descent, and when it landed successfully, they embraced each other in joyful tears.
A Cathay representative told media the plane captain took all necessary precautionary measures, including alerting the air traffic control center and executing the protocol for priority landing.
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