Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska
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HONG KONG - A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a military base in Alaska late Wednesday, after smoke was detected on the aircraft.

The flight made a "precautionary diversion" to a US military airport on the Aleutian Islands, the southern Chinese city's flag carrier said.

"All passengers and crew are safe," Cathay Pacific said in a statement of the 276 passengers and 18 crew onboard flight CX884.

A spokeswoman for the airline told AFP Thursday that the aircraft - along with all passengers and crew - had already left the base and arrived in Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city.

Cathay said it had made special arrangements to assist passengers affected by the diversion.

"The airline is mounting a relief flight... which departed from Hong Kong International Airport at 03:45 local time (1945 GMT) this morning and will form part of the effort to help those affected by the diversion of CX884 to fly to Los Angeles," the airline said in a statement.

The "rescue flight" was still on its way to Anchorage on Thursday morning, the airline's spokeswoman added.

"The captain of CX884 made exactly the right decision to divert the flight as a precautionary measure," said Cathay's director of service delivery James Ginns.

"We will launch a thorough investigation into what caused the smoke that was detected." The Eareckson Military Air Base, located on Shemya Island, was built in 1943 and is approximately 1,500 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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