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Cathay Dragon Airbus A330 makes emergency landing in Taiwan

Kaohsiung - An Airbus A330 from the Cathay Dragon was forced to make an emergency landing in Taiwan on April 8, shortly after takeoff, due to a technical problem, said Cathay Pacific, the parent company of the airline.

The flight KA 451, which was bound for Hong Kong, returned safely to Kaohsiung Airport, located in the south of the island.

An official of the Taiwanese Civil Aviation Authority told that the emergency was linked to a technical problem on one of the engines. The official has also said the investigation was underway.

According to local media, citing Taiwanese officials, there was smoke on the right engine during takeoff and the residents near the airport heard an explosion noise.

"There was no evidence of an engine fire on the aircraft, however, because of the technical problem, loud noises and sparks were reported from the engine exhaust before it was shut down by the flight crew," a spokesperson from Cathay Pacific said.