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SIA plane turns back mid-flight due to cargo door alert

A Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Hong Kong was forced to turned back to Singapore on Friday after pilots received a warning about a problem with a cargo door, the flag-carrier said.

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Hong Kong was forced to turned back to Singapore on Friday after pilots received a warning about a problem with a cargo door, the flag-carrier said.

The Airbus A380 superjumbo, carrying 263 passengers, left Changi Airport just after 1pm (0500 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong at about 5pm.

Flight SQ866 landed safely at Changi Airport at 2.20pm.

Passengers were then transferred to a replacement flight to Hong Kong, which took off at 5pm.

"The Airbus A380 Flight SQ866 from Singapore to Hong Kong returned to Changi Airport this afternoon as a result of a cockpit warning relating to a cargo door," a Singapore Airlines (SIA) spokesman said.

"SIA engineers are currently troubleshooting to find out the cause of why the warning came on," he added.

SQ866 is a daily flight from Singapore to Hong Kong that usually departs at 1pm.

Singapore Airlines has 19 A380s with five others on order, operating on routes from Singapore to various destinations including Hong Kong, Frankfurt, London and Los Angeles.

In January, one of the airline's A380 fleet was forced to make an emergency landing in Azerbaijan after suffering a drop in cabin pressure. The flag-carrier subsequently said its investigation into the incident was focusing on a main deck door that appeared to have suffered a leak.

More than 120 A380s are in operation worldwide following the launch of the Airbus flagship superjumbo in 2007.

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