Cathay Pacific Airbus 330 plane makes emergency landing in Singapore due to fire

By on May 16, 2011 in Asia, Travel Comments

A Cathay Pacific Airbus 330 plane made an emergency landing in Singapore on the early morning of Monday, May 16, 2011 due to fire, but no one was hurt.

Cathay Pacific emergency landing
Image Credit: Beawiharta/Reuters

As reported at Cathay Pacific’s official website that day, a Cathay Pacific plane with flight # CX715 carrying 136 passengers had a spark from Engine No. 2.

According to the Hong Kong-based airline, the crew shut down the Rolls Royce engine as the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at Changi airport in Singapore.

As noted at, the Airbus 330 plane, which is bound to Jakarta, Indonesia, took off from Singapore at 12:54 a.m. (local time) and returned to the airport after less than an hour.

“We can appreciate the concern and anxiety felt by the passengers during the incident, but our captain and his crew were in control of the situation at all times.” A Cathay Pacific spokesman was quoted in the report.

“They reacted exactly as they are trained to do, shut down the affected engine and returned the aircraft safely to Singapore.” The spokesman added, noting that all passengers were cooperative but prayed for their safety.

The report stressed out that Cathay Pacific and Rolls Royce are now investigating the incident and was already reported to the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.

As of this writing, most of the passengers have been transferred to other flights while others were given accommodation in some hotels.

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