Where there’s smoke ...?

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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