Engine failure forces Paris-bound plane to turn back

Engine failure forces Paris-bound Cathay Pacific  plane to turn back to Hong KongStock photo: PA

A Cathay Pacific plane heading for Paris had to turn back to Hong Kong just after take-off when one of its engines failed.

The Boeing 747-400 departed Hong Kong at around midnight on Sunday, and was carrying 348 passengers.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Cathay spokesman Thomas Lau told AFP: "Around 15 or 20 minutes after it was airborne, the pilot discovered a number three engine failure, so he decided to head back to Hong Kong.

"It landed in Hong Kong at around 1.15am (1715 GMT Sunday)."

He added that there were no injuries, and that the passengers were put on a replacement plane later on.

Meanwhile, a plane in Siberia crashed this week just after take-off killing 31 of the 43 people on board.

The ATR-72 turboprop aircraft run by the Russian airline UTair had just left Roschchino Airport bound for Surgut when it crashed and burst into flames in a snow-covered field about 22 miles from Tyumen, a city that lies 1,700 kilometres (1,000 miles) east of Moscow and is the capital of one of Russia's biggest oil producing regions.

According to the BBC, the four flight crew members, two pilots and two flight attendants, all died, while 12 people are being treated in hospital.

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