Cathay Dragon A333 enroute on Sep 21st 2019, cabin crew oxygen cylinder empty

Last Update: September 25, 2019 / 17:01:46 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 21, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
KA-730

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
B-LAB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

A Cathay Dragon Airbus A330-300, registration B-LAB performing flight KA-730 from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Hong Kong (China), completed a seemingly uneventful flight with a safe landing in Hong Kong.

On Sep 24th 2019 Cathay Pacific, parent company of Cathay Dragon, reported however, that a post flight routine inspection found one of the 16 cabin crew oxygen cylinders empty, that are being used to enable cabin crew to move freely around the cabin even in the event of a loss of cabin pressure. The entire cabin crew was immediately stood down, Hong Kong Police was involved and opened an investigation, Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department was also informed. Based on first police investigation results two cabin crew were dismissed. The oxygen cylinder was re-inflated before the next flight.

Hong Kong Media report that 6 more such cases, 3 on Cathay Pacific and 3 on Cathay Dragon flights, had occurred between Aug 17th and Sep 16th 2019. All cabin crew of those flights were suspended pending investigation. It is being suspected that the oxygen cylinders had been tampered with. Cathay Pacific's Chief Executive had recently resigned and several flight and cabin crew had been dismissed on order by Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department to stop their staff from supporting anti-extradition protests.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 21, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
KA-730

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
B-LAB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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