11 Injured After Cathay Pacific Flight Aborts Takeoff in Hong Kong

by Anthony Losanno
Cathay Evacuation

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Eleven people were injured Saturday morning when Cathay Pacific flight CX880 aborted its takeoff at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) due to technical issues,

Reuters is reporting that the Boeing 777-300ER was carrying 17 crew and 293 passengers. After departing the gate in Hong Kong and accelerating for takeoff on a trip to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the crew noticed an issue and aborted.

Upon landing, engineers entered the aircraft to inspect it and reportedly heard an explosive sound (overheating caused one of the tires to burst and the brakes to be red hot after such a sudden stop). Crew evacuated the aircraft as a precaution, fearing a potential fire. Passengers used five door escape slides and several were injured in the process. They were taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Luckily, injuries appear to be minor and nine of the 11 injured have already been released from the hospital. The rest of the passengers have been reaccommodated and are on their way to Los Angeles.

Anthony’s Take: Thankfully, there are only minor injuries to report. I have not, and hope I never have experience anything like this situation. It had to be scary for the passengers onboard.

(Featured Image Credit: Hong Kong Free Press.)

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1 comment

Christian June 24, 2023 - 10:51 pm

I think that planes need to have some type of lock on the overhead bins that’s in effect for takeoffs and landings. Some people think their replaceable stuff is worth more than other people’s lives and risk those lives through delay. I have no problem with someone sitting quietly until everyone whose main concern is living has deplaned, then get their stuff but that’s not how these people think. The locking overheads would address this issue.


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