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    Miracle jet landing in Hong Kong

    Miracle jet landing in Hong Kong


    Two Australian pilots are being hailed as heroes after safely landing a crippled Cathay Pacific passenger jet in Hong Kong.

    The airline said the jet, an Airbus A330, was forced to perform the emergency landing at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday after the aircraft's left engine died during its approach.

    The right engine also suffered power surges, it has been reported, although Cathay Pacific described the engine as 'functioning'.

    It also suffered the loss of six tyres as it touched down.

    The jet, with 309 passengers and 13 crew on board, was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia.

    The airline said the tyres were designed to deflate during emergency braking to prevent them bursting.

    Eight passengers were hurt during the landing and taken to hospital.
    The rest were evacuated via emergency slides.

    'It was an amazing piece of piloting in extremely testing circumstances,' the South China Morning Post quoted a colleague of the two Australian pilots as saying.

    'One engine was shut down completely and the other was going on and off. They effectively landed the plane on half an engine.'

    The newspaper quoted another Cathay Pacific worker as saying: 'Their stories will come out in due course when the investigation is complete but what they did was nothing short of heroic.

    'It's a miracle they managed to get the plane down safely.'

    Seven Network reported on Wednesday that fuel put into the plane before takeoff from Indonesia may have been contaminated, potentially disabling the engine.

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    Australian pilots hailed heroes


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    Lucky wasnt the old Kaitak where you could almost touch the balconies on way down the sharp curve inKowoon

    Well done the Aussies and hope all recover soon

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    Nice ! Well done those men/women, as the case may be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Eight passengers were hurt during the landing and taken to hospital.
    No seatbelts ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    No seatbelts ?
    Legs and arms still flail despite belts, same things happen in car crashes.

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    A330 SCAREBUS.
    French, says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteKnight
    Legs and arms still flail despite belts, same things happen in car crashes.
    Guess you are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Seven Network reported on Wednesday that fuel put into the plane before takeoff from Indonesia may have been contaminated, potentially disabling the engine.
    Sounds about right . . .

    A guy down in the same building as us went to Indonesia to purchase and export used steel . . . he supervised the loading and flew back to KL.

    When the ship arrived in Port Klang he inspected his cargo: bricks and dirt

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    A330 SCAREBUS.
    French, says it all.
    Idiot. Says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post

    Seven Network reported on Wednesday that fuel put into the plane before takeoff from Indonesia may have been contaminated, potentially disabling the engine.
    It used to be only the deisel that was 10% paraffin must be adding it to jet fuel now.

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