Cathay flight diverted to Siberia after fire scare

A Boeing 777 aircraft was involved in the incident
A Boeing 777 aircraft was involved in the incident

A Cathay Pacific flight from London to Hong Kong was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Siberia this week after a fire scare.

Flight CX250 departed Heathrow Airport just after 1800 on 22 November, but approximately six hours into the journey a warning light in the cockpit indicated a possible fire in the cargo hold.

The Boeing 777 aircraft, which was carrying 212 passengers and 18 crew members, was then diverted to Novosibirsk International Airport in Russia.

Cathay said in a statement that “there is no evidence” of a fire on the aircraft.

“Safety is always our top priority and we would like to thank the Novosibirsk authorities and local teams for the support they have extended to our operation and passengers. We also appreciate the understanding of our passengers as well as the prompt actions of the flight and cabin crew,” a spokesperson commented.

Passengers were accommodated in hotels while Cathay arranged for another aircraft to travel to Novosibirsk to pick them up.

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