A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in southern China after suffering a malfunction soon after take-off on Sunday.
The Shenzhen Airlines Airbus A330 bound for Xian issued an emergency signal about 25 minutes after taking off from Shenzhen’s Bao’an International Airport, according to local media reports.
The pilots were forced to drop to a lower altitude after recording cabin pressure problems at a height of 9,200 metres (30,000 feet).
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They turned the aircraft back towards Shenzhen for an emergency landing, where crew and passengers safely disembarked, the airline said in an online statement.
The crew followed procedure to bring the plane down to a safe altitude, according to the airline.
The flight landed safely over an hour and a half after take-off. The cause of the problem is still under investigation, the airline said.
The incident comes as China has been looking to restart its domestic tourism industry to bolster an economy recovering from a shutdown earlier this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Several major airlines have offered deals like unlimited flights in recent weeks to get passengers back in the air for domestic travel.
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