Hong Kong Airlines – Photo by Christian Junker CC 2.0

On Friday the 6th of May, Hong Kong Airlines flight HX6704 from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) carrying 204 passengers and 12 crew members encountered severe turbulence while flying over northern Indonesia, resulting in the injury of 17: 14 passengers and 3 crew members. The aircraft returned to Denpasar, and landed back in Denpasar two hours after diverting. Twelve people were rushed to the hospital, one with serious injuries. It was reported that some of the passengers were immediately flown to Hong Kong aboard a Garuda Indonesia flight, while others remained in Denpasar for the night.

The incident aircraft was an Airbus A330-223, registered B-LNE (MSN 1039). It was delivered to Hong Kong Airlines in 2009, and is powered by two Pratt & Whittney PW4100G engines. The aircraft has since returned to Hong Kong and is now operating under the Hong Kong Airlines flight network as normal.

This incident was not the only trouble that Hong Kong Airlines faced last week. Just the day before, a maintenance team of theirs in Hong Kong accidentally dropped the number one (left) engine of an A330 that they were servicing in Hong Kong. The engine impacted the pavement, and it is unsure if it will be scrapped off or repaired.

Link to article in SCMP: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1942129/17-chinese-passengers-hurt-hong-kong-bound-flight-hit-air

Link to article in The Standard: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=74467