Damaged Cathay Pacific flight lands at Vancouver

Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:16pm EDT
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd Boeing 747 aircraft with 363 passengers suffered mid-air damage while descending for a landing at Vancouver on Tuesday, officials said.

There were no injuries but officials were trying to determine what happened to the plane at 20,000 feet while on a flight from New York to Hong Kong via the western Canadian city of Vancouver, said Jennifer Pearson, a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman.

An external panel on the aircraft's fuselage was damaged in the incident, according to Pearson, but she could not confirm or deny local media reports that the panel had been separated from the plane.

A Qantas Airways Ltd Boeing 747 was forced to make an emergency landing last week in the Philippines after it suffered a hole in its fuselage during a flight from Hong Kong to Australia.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)

 
<p>A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 (L) sits at the airport as an Air Canada jet lands in Vancouver, British Columbia July 29, 2008. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>