HK Express makes emergency return after cabin pressurization problem

A HK Express Airbus A321 in flight.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – A HK Express flight operating from Hong Kong to Fukuoka, Japan was forced to make an emergency descent and precautionary return to Hong Kong this morning after an apparent cabin pressurization issue.

HK Express Flight UO600, operated by an Airbus A321 registered B-LEE has departed Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) at 7.45am local time on Tuesday morning 3 December bound for Fukuoka, Japan.

The flight was over the South China Sea when the incident occurred.

Source: Flightradar24

Data from Flightradar24 shows the aircraft cruising at Flight Level 370 (37,000 feet) before initiating an emergency descent to 10,000 feet at approximately 8.30 am local time.

The descent profile and the subsequent return at an altitude of 10,000 feet is typical of a pressurization failure or issue.

Source: Flightradar24

The flight subsequently landed in Hong Kong without further incident.

The local Hong Kong news source RTHK has reported that the aircraft was carrying 139 passengers and 7 crew members.

About HK Express

Hong Kong Express Airways Limited, commonly known as Hong Kong Express, or HK Express, is a Hong Kong–based low-cost airline fully owned by Cathay Pacific Airways.

It provides scheduled air service to 27 destinations in Asia, including Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, the Northern Mariana Islands, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The airline’s main hub at Hong Kong International Airport uses a fleet that consists exclusively of the Airbus A320 family.

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