Fire Alarm on Chinese Airliner Forces Emergency Landing in Hainan

Passengers hurt during evacuation

Charles Liu , February 19, 2016 11:32am (updated)

china southern airline emergency stop in sanya

A China Southern Airlines flight was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Sanya after the plane’s safety systems signaled there was a fire in one of its engines.

Flight CZ3081 for Bangkok had the alarm activated after departing from Guangzhou at 12:56pm, signifying a possible malfunction. As a safety precaution, the plane made an emergency landing at Sanya Airport in the southern province of Hainan.

Upon safely landing at 2:10pm, the model B737-800 plane remained in the middle of the runway for some time while the airport was temporarily shut down. At this point, passengers were evacuated from the plane. Some passengers suffered abrasions while using the emergency slide.

Reports now say the plane has since been taken off the runway, and that Sanya Airport has resumed operating. The incident is now under investigation.

china southern airline emergency stop in sanya

Charles Liu

The Nanfang's Senior Editor