Cathay Airplane Makes Emergency Landing in Kazakhstan

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest carrier, said one of its Boeing Co. 747-400s made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after pilots detected a cabin-pressurization system fault.

Oxygen masks were deployed on the Amsterdam-Hong Kong flight in line with safety procedures before the diversion, according to a statement posted on the carrier’s website today. A replacement plane will collect the 326 passengers and crew, all of whom were unharmed, the airline said.

The passengers on flight CX270 were unable to leave the aircraft for about four hours after landing at Kazakhstan’s Karaganda airport because of local immigration requirements, the airline said. The carrier has informed Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department about the incident and begun an investigation.

The stranded passengers and crew are expected to arrive in Hong Kong about 6:20 a.m. tomorrow, according to the statement. The airline has a fleet of 22 passenger 747 planes, according to its website.

(Updates with delay getting off plane in third paragraph.)
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