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Cathay Pacific statement on engine incident at Hong Kong Airport

Cathay Pacific today confirmed that our flight CX780 from Surabaya made an emergency landing at Hong Kong International Airport at 1343. The aircraft is an Airbus A330 with 309 passengers and 13 crew on board.

Cathay Pacific is working closely with the Civil Aviation Department which is investigating the incident.

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said that the left hand engine of the aircraft had shut down as the aircraft made its landing approach at Hong Kong International Airport.

The other engine was functioning.

The spokesman said: “Cathay Pacific flight crew are all trained on a regular basis to handle such situations.”

This spokesman also said that during landing, all four tyres on the left hand side of the aircraft had deflated while two of the four on the right hand side also deflated.

He said that the tyres were designed to deflate during such high energy braking to avoid them bursting. Such landings were usually accompanied by smoke or dust as the tyres become warm and deflate.

As a precaution, the passengers and crew were deplaned through the aircraft’s evacuation slides.

Eight passengers suffered injuries and were taken to hospitals accompanied by Cathay Pacific airport staff.

The aircraft entered into service with Cathay Pacific in 1998 and it had been through all the checks and servicing procedure recommended by its manufacturer, Airbus.

The spokesman added that all the passengers who had not required hospital treatment had been released from the holding area of the airport, assisted and supported by Cathay Pacific staff. Cathay Pacific staff were also present at Princess Margaret Hospital and Yan Chai Hospital to support the injured passengers and their friends and relatives.

We are not in a position to release any further details at this stage. We will release information as and when it is available.

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