Air China Co-Pilot Causes 25,000-Foot Plunge by Vaping in Cockpit

Vaping co-pilot caused Air China plane to plummet officials say	 	 	 			Vape stock

Vaping co-pilot caused Air China plane to plummet officials say Vape stock

Air China Flight CA106 from Hong Kong to Dalian in China lost altitude a half an hour into the scheduled 5:55 pm trip.

Reuters notes that even though China's airlines have a pretty decent safety record, pilots are sometimes accused by passengers of smoking during flights.

According to investigators, the co-pilot caused the plane to drop when he attempted to turn off the fan in a bid to stop the vape aerosol reaching the passenger cabin.

"In the preliminary investigation, the co-pilot was found to be smoking an e-cigarette", China News said.

The official said the shut-off triggered an alarm, prompting the crew to perform an emergency pressure-relief procedure, which released the cabin's oxygen masks.

"Smoke diffused into the passenger cabin and relevant air conditioning components were wrongly shut off, without notifying the captain, which resulted in insufficient oxygen", it added.

The CAAC said the aircraft dropped down to as low as 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), without specifying its original altitude.

It then ascended and continued the flight at a peak altitude of 26,600 feet rather than heading to a nearby airport to land.

The crew soon realised the issue after the dramatic descent and restored the air conditioning, allowing cabin pressure to return to normal.

Now we know why this terrifying incident may have occurred.

Authorities are reportedly investigating the cause "in greater detail", examining both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder to determine precisely what caused the incident.

CAAC official Qiao Yibin said "severe punishment" will be handed "in accordance with laws and regulations", as reported by CNN.

A state-owned Chinese airline, Air China, flight had to descend on Tuesday after a co-pilot smoked an electronic cigarette mid-air.

The smoking of e-cigarettes, like proper cigarettes, is banned on Air China flights.

Air China also said in a previous Weibo post it had a "zero tolerance" approach towards wrongdoing by any crew.

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