Cathay Pacific says damaged plane posed no danger

Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:39am EDT
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways said mid-air damage suffered by a Boeing 747-400 aircraft with 363 passengers on board involved an air-conditioning vent but there was no danger.

The plane was on a flight on Tuesday from New York to Hong Kong via the western Canadian city of Vancouver.

"After landing (in Vancouver), it was found that one of the air-conditioning access panels had detached from the aircraft," the company said in a statement. "There was also some minor damage to other parts of the fuselage.

"The fiberglass skin panel is a secondary structure which has nothing to do with structural integrity. The event had no impact on the operation of the aircraft."

A Qantas Airways Ltd Boeing 747-400 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 by Nick Macfie; Editing by David Fogarty)

<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>