Cathay Pacific flight returns to Hong Kong after engine failure

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Travel News | 0 comments

2 – April – 2012

HONG KONG, April 2, 2012 (AFP) – A Cathay Pacific jumbo jet bound for Paris was forced to return to Hong Kong early Monday following an engine failure shortly after take off, a spokesman for the Hong Kong flag carrier said.

The Boeing 747-400, which left Hong Kong around midnight Sunday, was carrying 348 passengers.

“Around 15 or 20 minutes after it was airborne, the pilot discovered a number three engine failure, so he decided to head back to Hong Kong,” Cathay spokesman Thomas Lau told AFP.

“It landed in Hong Kong at around 1.15am (1715 GMT Sunday),” he said, adding that all passengers were put on a replacement plane later and there were no injuries.

Lau said the airline was investigating the incident.