A Cathay Dragon flight (KA451) from Taiwan to Hong Kong was recently forced to make an emergency landing at Kaohsiung in South Taiwan shortly after takeoff. According to local reports, smoke began billowing from the right-side engine of the airplane during takeoff, while people nearby reported hearing an explosive sound.
The flight, which was carrying 317 passengers, landed safely at 8.31am on Monday morning, April 8, less than 30 minutes after taking off from Kaohsiung International Airport. Channel News Asia reported earlier today that the plane was forced to make an emergency landing because of a ‘technical issue.’
While no exact cause for the technical issue has been released, Cathay Pacific, the parent company of Cathay Dragon, has denied reports that the accident was caused by a bird being sucked into one of the plane’s engines.
The airline is now investigating the issue and also making arrangements to put passengers on new flights.
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