A Cathay Pacific flight from London to Hong Kong was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Russia earlier this week after a signal in the flight deck indicated a possible fire in the aft cargo hold.
Flight CX250, which took off from London at 6.02pm local time on November 22, was diverted to Novosibirsk International Airport approximately six hours into its journey after the warning was triggered.
In a statement on its website, Cathay Pacific said initial investigations showed no evidence that a fire had actually broken out on the Boeing 777-300ER. The company also confirmed that there were no reports of any injuries among the 212 passengers and 18 crew who were onboard at the time.
A replacement aircraft was quickly dispatched from Hong Kong to collect the stranded passengers and crew. Passengers were accommodated at nearby hotels whilst waiting for the aircraft to arrive.
Speaking on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific said, “Safety is always our top priority and we would like to thank the Novosibirsk authorities and local teams for the support they have extended to our operation and passengers. We also appreciate the understanding of our passengers as well as the prompt actions of the flight and cabin crew.”