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Cathay Pacific flight evacuated in fire scare

A CATHAY Pacific Airway's passenger plane from Shanghai to Hong Kong caught fire before taking off at around 10am today at the Pudong International Airport with all passengers onboard evacuated during the emergency.

Most passengers onboard the KA5365 flight were safe, except one passenger who was injured and has been sent to hospital. Several others were slightly injured while escaping from the plane, according to passengers onboard.

Four fire trucks have been dispatched onto the scene, the passengers said.

The Boeing 747 plane was due to take off at 9:45am and arrive in Hong Kong at 12:25pm, but thick smoke suddenly appeared in the cabin along with an overwhelming smell when the plane was ready to take off, passengers said on their microblogs.

The airport has closed part of the runway.

The plane belonging to the Hong Kong-based airliner took its maiden voyage in 1992 and has been in service for more than 19 years.

The cause of the fire was still unclear.


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