Earlier this morning, a China Airlines Airbus A330 operating a flight to Hong Kong declared an emergency, prompting a return back to Taipei.
China Airlines Flight Taipei-Hong Kong Declares Emergency…
China Airlines flight CI919 is a routine scheduled flight between Taipei and Hong Kong with the affected rotation being operated by B-18309.
As per data from Planespotters.net, B-18309 is a 18.3 year old Airbus A330-300 that was delivered to the Taiwanese carrier back in December 2005.
Of the A330-300 variant, the airline has 18 of them in the fleet, of which 17 are in active service and one is currently parked, offering an average fleet age of 16.4 years.
China Airlines flight CI919 departed Taipei at 1828 local time, and proceeded in a south-westerly direction towards Hong Kong.
Upon reaching the township islands off the coast of the country, the aircraft performed a u-turn and declared the 7700 emergency squawk code.
ADS-B data highlights that the aircraft dropped from 36,000 feet to 10,000 feet in around 10 minutes during this process, where it remained at this altitude until arrival, hinting at potential pressurisation problems onboard the aircraft.
CI919 landed safely back into it’s home base at 1934 local time, around an hour and six minutes after it’s initial departure.
This remains a developing story until we acquire further confirmation into the cause of this emergency that prompted a return back to Taiwan as opposed to continuing on to Hong Kong.
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