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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,
11 injured evacuating a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong, after returning to the gate following a rejected takeoff. pic.twitter.com/zl1Qr53ljL
— Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@aviationbrk) June 24, 2023
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.
As more video emerges (via HKADB on Facebook) look at the state of evacuation (seems like a straggler) and a bag is in the way (also the passenger seems in no hurry while filming) @PaulWeatherilt pic.twitter.com/J6WEgCiMNe
— Danny Lee (@AirEVthingTRNSP) June 24, 2023
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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