Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) flight CX884 has made a safe emergency landing on Shemya Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska after smoke was detected in the aircraft. The airline issued this statement:
Cathay Pacific is making special arrangements to help passengers affected by the precautionary diversion of flight CX884 to Shemya military airport in the Aleutians Island near Alaska get to their intended destination of Los Angeles.
Flight CX884 made a precautionary diversion at around 21.30 Hong Kong time on its way from Hong Kong to Los Angeles on July 29 when smoke was detected in the aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER. There were 276 passengers and 18 crew on the flight.
The airline is mounting a relief flight, operating as CX884D, which departed from Hong Kong International Airport at 03.45 local time this morning and will form part of the effort to help those affected by the diversion of CX884 to fly to Los Angeles.
Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery James Ginns said: “Safety is always our top priority at Cathay Pacific and the Captain of CX884 made exactly the right decision to divert the flight as a precautionary measure. We understand that this action resulted in a long and arduous journey for those onboard the diverted flight and we apologise for the inconvenience caused. We will launch a thorough investigation into what caused the smoke that was detected on the aircraft operating CX884.”
Flight CX884 was operated as a codeshare flight with American Airlines AA8937 and Lan LA6082.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The aircraft involved is the pictured Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPQ (msn 36162) arriving previously at Los Angeles International Airport.