Air China Flight CA106 from Hong Kong to Dalian in China lost height a half-hour in the scheduled 5:55 pm trip.
Two Air China pilots have lost their aviation licenses and is dismissed, only a few days after vaping midflight, causing the air craft to suddenly fall of 21,000 foot and activating the deployment of oxygen masks.
On 18 July the BBC reported the fines for the two pilots, whose names still not clear at this time. The incident took place on board Flight CA106 from Hong Kong to Dalian on July 10, about 30 minutes after its 5:55 p.m. on to rise.
Air China Boeing 737-800 (B-5851) flight #CA106 from Hong Kong to Dalian made an emergency descent to 10,000 ft after a sudden loss of cabin pressure. Climbed to the en-route level again and continued to destination. https://t.co/dhXKLC52ZK pic.twitter.com/ePa5UxZMjO
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) July 11, 2018
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Allegedly, the unnamed male co-pilot “tried to hide the fact that he was smoking” in the cockpit and attempted to turn off a fan to prevent the smoke from reaching the passenger cabin “without telling the captain,” but accidentally turned off the air conditioning unit instead, according to an initial report from the BBC.
Pilot smoking mid-air forces Air China flight emergency descent https://t.co/ASh8ety7Vi pic.twitter.com/UxtZREc0Nl
— NDTV (@ndtv) July 13, 2018
This blunder caused the oxygen content in the cabin to fall, and triggered the release of oxygen masks in the cabin of the ceiling, where the passengers were quickly photographed and share it on social media. Members of the crew were then quickly forced to the plane through 21,000 feet, before returning to a safe altitude.
The flight was to land in Dalian without incident.
According to The Telegraph soon after the story broke, the incident was trending on Chinese social media, “with some commentators demanding stringent punishment and the revocation of the pilot’s flight license.”
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Since 2006, Chinese aviation regulations prohibit all passengers and crew of “smoking on all phases of the flight.”
Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.
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