MORE than 200 Cathay Pacific passengers bound for Manila were forced to return to Hong Kong yesterday after one engine of their Boeing 747-300 was shut down mid-flight. Flight CX901, with 210 people aboard, turned around more than an hour after the flight left Kai Tak airport at 10.30 am. Cathay spokesman Kwan Chuk-fai said the No 1 engine had been shut down after a drop in oil pressure and the captain decided to turn back instead of continuing to Manila on three engines. 'There was never any danger to passengers at any time and the captain decided to return as it was more convenient to replace the engine in Hong Kong,' Mr Kwan said. The airline's next flight to Manila, CX903 at 4.10 pm, was upgraded from an Airbus A330 to another 747 to accommodate passengers from both flights, but some who had booked on the afternoon flight were unable to board. Businessman Danny Naresh said one of his customers was initially refused access to the 4.10 pm flight and was asked to take a 7 pm flight, but was later accommodated. 'This was a re-confirmed seat, they can't bump people off like this,' Mr Naresh said.