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A Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong to Melbourne is forced to land in Darwin after engine problems (file photo)

Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong to Melbourne is forced to land in Darwin after the engine has been switched off

  • Cathay Pacific flight was over Katherine when it encountered a technical problem
  • Flight CX 105 from Hong Kong to Melbourne was then diverted to Darwin
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A Cathay Pacific aircraft from Hong Kong to Melbourne has been forced to land in Darwin after having had engine problems.

The flight was over Katherine in the Northern Territory when it was forced to return.

Passenger Paul Nicholson told 9 News that the pilot said there was a problem with an engine.

A Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong to Melbourne is forced to land in Darwin after engine problems (file photo)

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A Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong to Melbourne is forced to land in Darwin after engine problems (file photo)

& # 39; The engine of the problem was closed on Katherine, & # 39; Nicholson said.

The Airbus A350-900 aircraft landed in Darwin shortly after 8 hours. Nobody was injured.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific said: & # 39; Cathay Pacific flight CX 105, departing from Hong Kong on May 24, 2019 to Melbourne, diverted to Darwin where it landed without problems.

& # 39; Our first priority is the safety of our passengers and crew. The flight was diverted as a precaution due to a technical problem with the operating aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

& # 39; Cathay Pacific is sending another plane to arrange the flight to Melbourne. Alternative arrangements are also made to ensure that all affected customers reach their final destination. In the meantime, passengers in the terminal are provided with the refreshment vouchers provided.

& # 39; We apologize to all passengers for the disruption of their journey and thank them for their patience. & # 39;

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