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Cathay flight returns to H.K. after engine catches fire.

HONG KONG, Aug. 9 Kyodo

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A Cathay Pacific Airways flight bound for San Francisco from Hong Kong returned to the territory's airport after one of its engines caught fire Friday.

The Boeing 747-400, with 356 passengers and 22 crew members on board, landed at the airport shortly after 7 p.m., a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said.

She said its pilot found after takeoff that one of the plane's four engines had developed problems.

A government spokeswoman later said the airport's control tower detected that the No. 2 engine of the aircraft was on fire after it took off and immediately informed the pilot of the problem.

The pilot shut down the engine in question and flew the aircraft back to Hong Kong.

The Cathay Pacific spokeswoman described the landing of Flight 872 as ''safe and smooth,'' and said the airline was trying to arrange another plane to transport the passengers to the United States later Friday night.
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