Vaping Air China co-pilot causes plane to plunge 25,000 feet

An Air China jet made a rapid emergency descent linked to a co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette. Wang Zhao  AFP

The co-pilot has been accused of sending the plane he was flying into a "rapid emergency descent", as the vapour from his e-cigarette depleted oxygen levels on board.

Air China flight CA106, en route from Hong Kong to the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian, descended from above 10,000 meters to below 4,000 meters n less than nine minutes Tuesday shortly after it reached cruising altitude, according to phone Global Positioning System data shared with CNN by a passenger on board.

But there have been accusations of pilots smoking on board other Chinese flights, including in 2015 when the state-run radio spoke to passengers on a Hong Kong-Beijing flight who claimed to smell strong smoke coming from the cockpit.

In desperation, the pilot reportedly hit the wrong switches, which dropped oxygen levels in the plane, triggering altitude warnings.

The CAAC has said there were no injuries to the 153 passengers and nine crew.

More news: Private bus subsidies possible after Greyhound nixes B.C. routes

Oxygen masks were deployed during the descent on the flight from Hong Kong to the port city of Dalian in northwest China.

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 incident, confirmed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at a press conference, is now being investigated.

A CAAC official told Chinese media the unidentified co-pilot had smoked the electronic cigarette aboard the plane and attempted to turn off the air circulation fans to prevent the vapour from spreading to the passenger cabin. The statement said: "If the investigation reveals that the crew has violated regulations, the company will seriously deal with the responsible person with zero tolerance".

The incident featured heavily on Chinese social media on Friday, with some commentators demanding harsh punishment and revocation of the pilot's flight licence.

Related News:



Most liked

Will Smith makes an extreme #InMyFeelingsChallenge video
For his contribution to the meme, the actor and rapper climbed atop a terrifying bridge in Budapest and showed off his moves. Drake commented on Smith's epic video, writing, "Wow this video is done", accompanied by a check mark emoji.

A look back at Serena Williams' 7 Wimbledon titles
Remarkably, the 36-year-old was back in a Grand Slam final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia. This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest.

Trapped schoolboys given anti-anxiety drugs before Thai cave rescue, officials say
The Thai Navy SEALs posted a video on Facebook showing the group when they were first found. The rescue took more than two weeks. "You are very strong", Volanthen told the group.

Trump disses 'fake news' CNN in joint press conference with May
The interview, however, was recorded. "Fortunately, we tend to record stories now...we record when we deal with reporters". Throughout the press conference Trump praised May effusively, calling her "an incredible woman" doing a "great job".

HTC Exodus Blockchain phone launching with CryptoKitties this year
HTC's commitment to blockchain and cryptocurrency isn't new, and indeed, the firm has a chief crypto officer, Phil Chen . HTC is going to release its upcoming blockchain-powered smartphone , the HTC Exodus , by the end of the year.

10 killed in second attack on Election Rally
A victim of a bomb blast is brought to a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018 following an attack at an election rally. A senior provincial government official also confirmed the figure, adding that 150 others were injured in the attack.

Canada will lead new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq, Trudeau says
Trudeau will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Gen. Germany leads a similar force in Lithuania, Britain leads one in Estonia and the USA leads in Poland.

Kate Middleton is ROYAL MASTER who 'LEADS family behind the scene'
They have a jam-packed itinerary in Dublin including meetings with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Irish President, Michael D. Later, Harry and Meghan, along with Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, appeared at a reception at the palace.

Sagan wins 5th stage to consolidate points lead
Greg Van Avermaet retains the yellow jersey and remains first in the general classification for the fourth consecutive stage. Martin finished runner-up at Mur de Bretagne in a Tour stage three years ago.

Lawsuits Alleging Roundup Causes Cancer To Advance
But serious doubts remain as the World Health Organization in 2015 classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans". Johnson, are licensed pesticide applicators, concludes that glyphosate has no association with non-Hodgkin lymphoma".

Xherdan Shaqiri Set For Liverpool Medical As Deal Agreed With Stoke City
The winger impressed for Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup, including scoring the victor against Serbia in the group stage. Xherdan Shaqiri is set to become the fourth player in Liverpool's Premier League history to wear the number 23 shirt.

Trump administration guts grants to help those in need get Obamacare
Federal law requires insurers to pay into the pool, but the money is from the companies, not the federal government. The payments were created to stop insurers from losing money on very sick patients, who cost the most to treat.

Angry words exchanged in congressional hearing on FBI investigation
On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain USA soldier. The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio.

Chris Weakens to Tropical Storm, Island Braces for Heavy Rain Tonight
Hurricane storm-force winds extended up to 25 miles from the center of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds up to 90 miles. Weather officials said in a release that the storm could produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip currents.

Kremlin accuses Trump of trying to bully Europe into…
He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold. It's going nearly stop exporting gas 10 years from now.