- Aircraft accident
investigation report released, (11 December 1998)
Aircraft accident investigation
Civil Aviation Department launches search and rescue exercises
30 November 1998
The annual search and rescue exercise coordinated by the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) will be held for three consecutive days starting from Wednesday ( December 2 ).
The exercise is aimed to provide training and familiarization in search and rescue technique for staff of the CAD and other search and rescue units.
The exercise this year will consist of a static display of aircraft by the various participating units and rescue equipment by the Airport Fire Contingent, a short range rescue demonstration off near Sha Chau and a long range exercise in the South China Sea.
The short range rescue demonstration will include the launching and recovery of helicopters from a ship of the United States Coast Guard, and winching of simulated survivors by Government Flying Service and United States Coast Guard Cutter helicopters from the water and transfer of the simulated survivors onto the deck of the ship.
A spokesman for CAD said, "The main event would be the long range exercise to be held on Thursday (December 3). The long range exercise, being the first large-scale one since the inauguration of the New Airport at Chek Lap Kok, is to test the alerting and co-ordination procedures as well as communication facilities of various search and rescue units."
"It will be activated in the evening of December 2, simulating an aircraft in distress about 130 kilometers south of Hong Kong. Search aircraft, helicopters and ships will be dispatched to the area the following morning to search and locate the simulated targets in the South China Sea," he said.
In addition to CAD, other participants will include the United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, People's Liberation Army's Hong Kong Garrison, Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Police Force (Marine Region), Marine Department, Fire Services Department, Civil Aid Services, Airport Authority and Information Services Department.
A number of search and rescue experts from the Asia-Pacific Region including the Mainland (Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai), Macau, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei are also attending as observers.
5 July 1998
Publication of Incident Report VR-HOX (2/97)
6 February 1998
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today published the report of the investigation into an aircraft incident that happened shortly after take-off from Hong Kong on 28 May 1995. The incident involved a Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-467 operating a scheduled flight CX289 from Hong Kong to Frankfurt.
The investigation was conducted by the Civil Aviation Department. The objective of the investigation is to identify the cause of the incident and prevent future recurrence.
The report contains an analysis of the circumstances surrounding the incident together with conclusions and recommendations. The aircraft*s Number 2 engine experienced an engine fire and was substantially damaged. Twenty-two persons suffered from minor injury, mainly abrasions and lacerations during passenger evacuation after landing.
Five safety recommendations were made in the report and they were addressed to the operator of the aircraft (Cathay Pacific Airways Limited), the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, Airport Fire Services, UK Civil Aviation Authority and Rolls-Royce plc to take remedial measures.
Copies of the report are for sale at the Government Publication Sales Centre on the Ground Floor of Queensway Government Offices, Hong Kong. Copy will be boxed at ISD.
Civil Aviation Department Long
Range Aeronautical Search and Rescue Exercise