A Hong Kong-bound Dragonair flight from China had to make an emergency landing in Xiamen on Monday night after smoke was detected in the cabin.

Flight KA663, which carried 259 passengers, took off from Fuzhou at 8:30pm on Monday. The pilot diverted the plane to Xiamen as a precautionary measure after smoke was detected in the cabin.

The plane made an emergency landing after smoke was detected.

It was suspected that the smoke had been caused by the aircraft’s malfunctioning air-conditioning system. The plane landed at around 9pm.

A Dragonair spokesperson said that the plane made a normal landing and that no one was injured in the incident. Since the plane had to be repaired, passengers were arranged to stay at hotels and board another flight to Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.