Cathay Pacific Flight CX250 from London Heathrow to Hong Kong was forced to make an emergency landing in Novosibirsk, Russia after the crew received warning of a fire in the aft cargo hold 6 hours into the flight. The aircraft was a Boeing 777-300ER, registration unknown. The crew made a safe landing at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport with 214 passengers and 18 crew on board. The flight took off from London at 6:02pm local time (GMT) and landed in Novosibirsk at 7:20am local time (GMT+7). There was no fire detected in the cargo compartment after landing. The passengers of the flight were accommodated in hotels for the night and a replacement aircraft has been dispatched to shuttle them to Hong Kong.
In July of last year, another Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER operating flight CX884 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Anchorage, Alaska after a malfunctioning cooling fan triggered a smoke warning in the cockpit. None of the 276 passengers or 18 crew were hurt. In April of this year, flight CX256 also from London to Hong Kong (and also operated by a 777-300ER) made a landing in Almaty, Kazakhstan after a four-month-old baby girl fell unconscious mid-flight. She was declared dead on the ground, and the flight continued to Hong Kong. Finally, in August of this year, Cathay flight CX382 from Zurich to Hong Kong was intercepted over Hungary after the pilots failed to make contact with air traffic controllers on the ground.