Short description of aviation incident: China Airlines Airbus A330 with 200 people on board had a problem with cabin pressure. The crew initiated an emergency landing to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and landed the aircraft safely.
A China Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration B-18317 performing flight CI-781 from Taipei (Taiwan) to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) with 200 people on board, was climbing through 1500 feet out of Taipei when the crew received a right hand bleed air fault (engine CF6). The crew continued the flight, climbed the aircraft to FL400 and attempted to reset the right hand bleed air system however to no avail. The aircraft had already started to descend descending through FL380 towards Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon) when the left hand bleed air system was indicated failed shortly followed by excess cabin altitude. The crew initiated an emergency descent and landed the aircraft safely on Ho Chi Minh Airport’s runway 07R.
The French BEA reported in their weekly bulletin quoting Taiwanese Authorities, that Vietnamese Authorities delegated the investigation of the occurrence rated a serious incident to Taiwan’s Authorities.
The return flight CI-782 was cancelled.
The incident aircraft was able to depart for the return flight, callsign CAL-782, after 13 hours on the ground, climbed to FL410 right after departure and reached Taipei with a delay of 11.5 hours.