Cathay Pacific Flight CX884 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles had to make a precautionary diversion to Shemya military airport in the Aleutians Islands near Alaska.
Flight CX884 made the diversion at around 9:30 p.m. Hong Kong time on its way from Hong Kong to Los Angeles on July 29 when smoke was detected in the aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER. There were 276 passengers and 18 crew on the flight.
The airline is mounting a relief flight, operating as CX884D, which departed from Hong Kong International Airport at 3:45 a.m. local time and will form part of the effort to help those affected by the diversion of CX884 to fly to Los Angeles.
In a statement Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery James Ginns said, "Safety is always our top priority at Cathay Pacific and the Captain of CX884 made exactly the right decision to divert the flight as a precautionary measure. We understand that this action resulted in a long and arduous journey for those onboard the diverted flight and we apologise for the inconvenience caused. We will launch a thorough investigation into what caused the smoke that was detected on the aircraft operating CX884."
Flight CX884 was operated as a codeshare flight with American Airlines AA8937 and Lan LA6082.