While waiting to take off this morning, Cathay Pacific flight CX365 from Shanghai to Hong Kong was suddenly evacuated via its emergency slides after flight attendants noticed smoke in the cabin.
At 10:40AM, Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport control tower received a report of a fire alarm being triggered on Cathay Pacific flight CX365 after the cabin crew deployed the emergency slides and evacuated the passengers. The flight was originally scheduled to take off at 9:45AM, and was waiting on the tarmac when flight attendants noticed smoke coming from one of the restrooms.
Crew immediately evacuated the passengers, and police were summoned to the scene. However, police investigators were unable to discover any trace of smoke after a comprehensive inspection of the plane. If we were to make any bets, we’d guess that’s because the “source” of the smoke disembarked along with the rest of the passengers.
Six people were injured, including one who was sent to Pudong People’s Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the evacuation, which is pretty ridiculous if you think about it. While we understand airplane safety, wouldn’t it make sense to check the bathroom first before sounding the alarm? Considering the police found nothing, it seems what should’ve happened is an arrest of someone with poor self-control taking a pre-flight smoke break rather than inciting a panic that injured six people. Then again, we weren’t there, so what do we know?