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Air China flight loses pressure, makes emergency descent, possibly due to crew members smoking

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Air China flight loses pressure, makes emergency descent, possibly due to crew members smoking

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Chinese authorities are investigating after an Air China aircraft made an emergency descent to 10,000 feet , during which oxygen masks were deployed, and then climbed again to continue on to its destination.
The northeast bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration said on its website that the Boeing 737 flight CA106 from Hong Kong to Dalian was cruising on Tuesday with 153 passengers and nine crew.
Experts said the decision to climb and continue the flight was unusual given the oxygen masks had already been deployed and there was a risk another decompression event could occur after the one-time supply of 12-20 minutes from the oxygen masks was used up.
State-backed newspaper Beijing News, citing unnamed sources, said that crew members had been smoking during the Air China flight.
SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE - Chinese authorities are investigating after an Air China aircraft made an emergency descent to 10,000 feet , during which oxygen masks were deployed, and...

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