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Flight CX254 Statement

CX254 which departed from London 22.22 on 23 December local time to Hong Kong has been diverted to Moscow. There are 197 passengers and 21 flight crew on board the Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

Our preliminary information indicates that after about four hours and 10 minutes of the flight journey, the Captain decided to divert the flight to Moscow because smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The aircraft landed and parked at Moscow uneventfully at 8 am Moscow time (about 12 noon HK time) with no injuries to passengers or crew reported. Local priority landing was requested as a pre cautionary measure.

Normal disembarking was arranged for all passengers. Hotel accommodation has been arranged for passengers who do not require visa to enter Russia while other passengers are being looked after at the terminal.

We are trying our best to bring the passengers and crew back to Hong Kong as soon as possible, and will release further information.