Cathay Pacific departs Aleutians after emergency landing

AP News
Posted: Jul 29, 2015 4:28 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 bound from Hong Kong to Los Angeles has departed from a U.S. air base in the Aleutian Islands, hours after the plane made an emergency landing because of smoke.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Flight 884 landed early Wednesday morning at Eareckson Air Station in Shemya, Alaska.

An Air Force official says the plane left the treeless, tundra-covered island at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday for the 1,500-mile flight to Anchorage. Company spokeswoman Jennifer Pearson says another plane is flying in from Hong Kong to pick up the passengers in Anchorage.

Company officials say the goal is to get the 276 passengers and 18 crewmembers to Los Angeles.