A United Airlines flight departing Hong Kong returned to the city for an emergency landing after mechanical issues, with fire and ambulance teams placed on full alert, on Tuesday.
Thirty-four fire engines, 7 ambulances, and 7 fire boats were put on standby soon after 11 am, following a report of an engine issue from flight 2831, according to the Fire Services Department.
Civil Aviation Department said
The flight had flown back to the city’s airport because of a suspected issue with the engine system, she told.“No smoke or flames were said at the scene and no casualties were reported in the incident,” the Fire Services Department told.
A United Airlines spokesman confirmed that the flight returned to the airport shortly after take-off due to a “mechanical problem”, and there were no passengers on board.
Upon receiving a report from the pilot, the Civil Aviation Department told it had reported the Fire Services Department and Airport Authority to stand by for the flight’s return.
The flight safely landed at 11:39 am, the spokeswoman told, adding that the Civil Aviation Department would follow up on the incident with United Airlines.
Airport Authority said
The Airport Authority stated it received a report at approximately 11 am that the flight would return to the city, adding that operations were not affected by the incident.
“No smoke or flames were reported at the scene and no casualties were reported in the incident,” the Fire Services Department told.
The cargo aircraft landed safely back in Hong Kong after dumping fuel fifty minutes after departure and the Civil Aviation Department has launched an investigation into the incident. The Airport Authority’s operation was not affected by the incident.
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