MD11
Topic Author
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:25 am

CATHAY PACIFIC : ALMOST CRASHED

Tue Nov 24, 1998 3:57 am

A Cathay Pacific Airways jet carrying 232
passengers made an emergency dive of 23,000 feet (6,970 meters) after losing cabin pressure during a flight from New Zealand to Hong Kong, the airline said Monday.

Flight CX108 from Auckland was diverted Saturday to Sydney, Australia, after about three hours in the air. The passengers -- all of them unhurt -- made it to Hong Kong a day late aboard another
flight, Cathay Pacific spokeswoman Katherine Wang said.

The Airbus A-340-300 jet was cruising at 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) when the cabin pressure plunged, so the captain dived to bring the airplane to a safe level of around 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) within two to three minutes, Wang said.

Cathay Pacific took issue with a report in the South China Morning Post that the plane also had lost oxygen. The newspaper quoted passenger Tony Allen as saying that air masks had dropped in the
cabin but "most of them had no oxygen."

Cathay Pacific said the masks were working, but many passengers apparently had expected they would inflate on their own. The masks have to be pulled by passengers before oxygen starts flowing, as flight crews announce at the start of journeys on
virtually all airlines, Wang said.

"Sometimes people fly on an airplane and they never bother to watch the safety videos," Wang said. "I don't know if the oxygen masks were needed but the captain deployed them just the same."

The problem was caused by the failure of an air valve in the pressurization system, Wang said.
 
Mango
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:07 pm

RE: CATHAY PACIFIC : ALMOST CRASHED

Tue Nov 24, 1998 4:27 am

This was an emergency descent not a near crash. You sound just like a local newspaper. Get your facts straight.
 
flyf15
Posts: 6633
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 11:10 am

RE: CATHAY PACIFIC : ALMOST CRASHED

Tue Nov 24, 1998 8:54 am

So what was that, a descent rate of about 7000-10000fpm?
 
AA727
Posts: 602
Joined: Thu Apr 24, 2003 10:00 am

RE: CATHAY PACIFIC : ALMOST CRASHED

Tue Nov 24, 1998 9:43 am

Well, that's what airliners always have to do in the event of a drop in cabin pressure. The oxygen masks will automatically drop down but passengers have to put them on to help the flow of oxygen. Put it on yourself first, then on your child. You should always watch flight addendants demonstrations and listen to safety announcements on the plane prior to take off, because this can happen to you, like it can happen to me, like it can happen to anybody. The reason the plane dives so fast is to get as quicly as possible to a safe altitute (10000 ft) where the athmospheric pressure is almost equal to that at sea level.
Remember flight 243 in Hawaii, a B737-200?

Folks, this is just a friendly advice.
I'm writing this to you to make you feel more confident and more secure on your next flight, and make your trip more enjoyable.
So wherever you decide to go, wherever your business may take you, have a nice trip.
Ben Soriano
 
FedEx
Posts: 706
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:07 pm

RE: CATHAY PACIFIC : ALMOST CRASHED

Tue Nov 24, 1998 3:56 pm

Please keep all hands and legs inside
aircraft !!! Thankyou and have a nice
fliggggghhhhhhhhhhtttttt!!


wahhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooo!

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos