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Title: Cathay Pacific Jetliner Makes Emergency Landing (04/30/2000)
A Cathay Pacific Airbus was forced to abort its flight to Hong Kong on Sunday because of mechanical trouble and made an emergency landing in southern Taiwan, the airline said. No injuries were reported.
Flight CX405 to Hong King took off smoothly from Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport on Sunday evening, but the captain was forced to land halfway through the flight in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, said an airline staffer who only gave her surname, Hsing.
The airline could not give any further details as the incident was still under investigation, Hsing said.
Airline officials in Hong Kong -- where Cathay Pacific is based -- could not be reached for comment since offices closed early for the Labor Day holiday.
A passenger said the captain announced about 40 minutes after takeoff that one of the two engines powering the Airbus A330 had to be shut off.
``It's a real scare when you hear the captain's voice yelling for the chief purser in a very tense voice,'' investment banker Mark Ho told The Associated Press by telephone as he got off the plane in Kaohsiung.
Ho said passengers were frightened, but no one was injured. The airline was arranging for the passengers to board another plane to Hong Kong, he added.
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