FILE PHOTO: Pilots stroll as much as a brand new Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 after being acquired by the airline at Hong Kong Airport Might 30, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Picture
BEIJING (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways (0293.HK) on Tuesday mentioned it had launched an investigation after a dozen oxygen bottles utilized by cabin crew in emergencies had been discovered empty, or partially empty, on two of its plane.
The invention was made on the bottom in routine inspections earlier than a departure from Toronto, the provider mentioned, including that of the 22 bottles carried onboard every jet, 5 had been affected on one plane and eight on the opposite.
“The moveable oxygen bottles are for operational cabin crew use and allow crew to maneuver across the cabin within the unlikely occasion of emergency plane depressurisation,” Cathay mentioned in an announcement.
“Each cabin crew and passengers have in-seat plane oxygen out there always.”
The airline mentioned the depleted bottles had been refilled and checked by engineers previous to departure.
The incident, which comes because the airline is below scrutiny from China’s aviation regulator, brought on a stir on Chinese language social media, with many commentators accusing the airline of endangering flight security.
Cathay has emerged because the highest-profile company goal as Beijing appears to quell protests in Hong Kong, with the Chinese language authorities demanding it droop workers concerned in a protest motion, citing flight security considerations.
Pilots and cabin crew have described a “white terror” of political denunciations, sackings and cellphone searches by Chinese language aviation officers.
The provider’s chief govt, Rupert Hogg, stepped down this month, and his substitute, Augustus Tang, advised workers one in every of his priorities was to deal with security and safety.
Reporting by Stella Qiu and Brenda Goh; Modifying by Jamie Freed