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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.
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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.
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Tue Nov 24, 1998 8:54 am

So what was that, a descent rate of about 7000-10000fpm?
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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
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Tue Nov 24, 1998 3:56 pm

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


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