Where there’s smoke ...?
Chances are vaping on an airplane probably isn’t a good idea.
The co-pilot aboard a domestic Air China flight from Hong Kong to Dalian Tuesday plummeted 25,000 feet in 10 minutes.
According to the South China Morning Post, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has launched an investigation into the incident involving Air China flight CA106.
A CAAC official told Chinese media the unidentified co-pilot had smoked the electronic cigarette aboard the plane and attempted to turn off the air circulation fans to prevent the vapour from spreading to the passenger cabin.
In desperation, the pilot reportedly hit the wrong switches, which dropped oxygen levels in the plane, triggering altitude warnings.
Oxygen masks were deployed in the Boeing 737 jet that carried 153 people.
The plane then dropped to 10,000 feet before climbing back to about 24,000 feet.
CAAC official Qiao Yibin said “severe punishment” will be handed “in accordance with laws and regulations,” as reported by CNN.