Air China plane dropped 10,000ft after co-pilot started ‘vaping in cockpit’

Air China plane drop thousands of feet allegedly took place after a co-pilot started smoking an e-cigarette during the flight.
The Air China Boeing 737 aircraft was flying to Dalian from Hong Kong on July 10 when it dropped to 10,000 feet with oxygen masks deployed. Then it climbed again to continue to its destination. China News said the co-pilot had shut off the air conditioning units. Chinese airlines have a good safety record in general, but passengers have, on occasion, accused pilots of smoking during flights.
Few such incidents have been confirmed, however. The best of Twitter’s reactions to Trump meeting the Queen ‘In the preliminary investigation, the co-pilot was found to be smoking an e-cigarette,’ state-owned China News said, citing a news conference by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) investigating Tuesday’s incident. ‘Smoke diffused into the passenger cabin and relevant air conditioning components were wrongly shut off, without notifying the captain, which resulted in insufficient oxygen,’ it added.
The Air China Boeing 737 aircraft was flying to Dalian from Hong Kong on July 10 when it dropped to 10,000 feet with oxygen masks deployed. Qiao Yibin, an official of the regulator’s aviation safety office, said the shut-off triggered an alarm, prompting the crew to perform an emergency pressure relief procedure, which then released the cabin’s oxygen masks. The crew realised the problem after the descent and restored the air conditioning, allowing cabin pressure to return to normal, he said.

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