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Taiwan Flight Makes Emergency Landing

A Taiwanese flight returned to Phnom Penh International Airport shortly after takeoff Friday, following pressurization problems and a shortage of oxygen, officials said.

Eva Air Flight BR266, bound for Taipei with 136 passengers on board, circled the airport for nearly two hours to reduce the fuel in its tanks before gaining clearance for an emergency landing.

“The pressurization system stopped working, so the plane did not have enough oxygen,” said Kim San, flight chief for Cambodia Air Traffic Services.

“The cargo door was not closed tightly, and then the pressure was not maintained,” said Say Chhunpenhsakun, director of planning and training for Cambodia Air Traffic Services.

After a quick adjustment, the plane took off again.