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23-May-2012 10:30 AM

Cathay Pacific Airways launches lawsuit against World Fuel Services Corp over tainted fuel

Cathay Pacific Airways launched a damages lawsuit against World Fuel Services Corp, claiming tainted fuel supplied by the company resulted in an emergency landing of one of the carrier’s aircraft and resulting damage to its reputation and passenger traffic (Bloomberg, 22-May-2012). The aircraft, an A330, was operating from Indonesia to Hong Kong on 13-Apr-2010 and experienced engine problems, forcing it to make an emergency landing in which eight passengers were injured. Investigation by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department reported fuel contamination was the cause of the incident. Cathay Pacific has not specified the damages it is seeking.

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