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Cathay Pacific clarifies media reports on assault case

19 Apr 2012

In response to media reports regarding an assault case onboard flight CX712, Cathay Pacific Airways today clarifies that there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest the case involved a terrorist attack.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the passengers who rendered assistance in this assault case and are contacting them to follow up. The airline has not made any offer of free air tickets for life to anyone,” said a spokesperson.

Cathay Pacific takes incidents involving crew assaults very seriously.

Incident details

Date: 16 April 2012

Flight: CX712 Bangkok-Hong Kong

Passengers: 398

Flight crew: 16

Departure time: 16:05

Arrival time: 19:47

Incident: When the flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong approached Hong Kong International Airport, a cabin crew was assaulted by a passenger, who was subsequently restrained by other cabin crew with the help of two passengers. HKIA was notified.

Upon landing at HKIA, the Police detained the concerned passenger for investigation. One of the cabin crew was slightly injured during the incident. She was taken to hospital and was discharged the same day. The two passengers who offered assistance were also slightly injured but no hospital visit was required. All other passengers on the flight were unaffected.

Police investigations are continuing.