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- The Ketay Pacific Group fired two cabin crews over the oxygen bottle that was found aboard one of its aircraft, the company confirmed.
- It was unclear what the motive for the apparent sabotage was.
- Police and aviation regulators are investigating seven acts of apparent sabotage last month.
- Suspected cab sabotage of life-saving equipment has added to a number of problems facing Hong Kong's largest airline, which includes canceled bookings amid domestic unrest.
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The Ketay Pacific Group fired two cabin crews over the oxygen vial, which was found occupied by a plane, the company confirmed, as it discovered that the seventh depressed canister was discovered last Saturday.
Hong Kong's largest airline said two flight attendants had "terminated their employment", with a spokeswoman adding that she could not provide more information on staff questions.
The shootings, the first since the incidents with the oxygen tank, linked to a bottle of Kata Lampur's flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong, which was found to have been partially discharged on 21 September. It was not known what the motive for the apparent sabotage was.
Of the latest incident, the airline said: "Ketay Dragon immediately reported the case to Hong Kong police, which launched a parallel investigation into the matter. Information is Hong Kong Department of Civil Aviation (CAD). "
Airlines, police and aviation regulators in Hong Kong and mainland China are investigating last month's incidents amid an airline crisis linked to anti-government protests that swept the city. Many staff at Ketay Pacific have been sacked for their support of the protests.
"The airline takes this issue very seriously," the company said in a statement. "Safety and security are always our top priority."
Crews usually use canisters to move around the cabin in rare cases of emergency depressorization.
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CAD, Hong Kong's aviation regulator, noted that the first six cases were detected either before or after the flight. The seventh, however, appeared during a mid-flight review, of the kind that the two Ketai carriers made on the hour.
The department said it remained "very concerned" about the string of incidents and had told Ketay Pacific and Ketay Dragon, after meeting their respective chief executives, to immediately improve security inspections, though they did not specify what changes were required. He added that Ketay's flights would undergo on-the-spot checks to ensure "strictly implemented improvement measures" were implemented.
Police confirmed that they were investigating, adding that no arrests had been made.
Suspected cab sabotage of life-saving equipment has added to a number of problems facing Hong Kong's largest airline, which includes canceled bookings amid domestic unrest. Ketay Pacific also had to face a security alert from the mainland regulator, triggering a collapse in demand for flights on its Chinese routes, which make up one-fifth of all daily flights.
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