Hong Kong aviation

Worker injured in Hong Kong airport vehicle fire

A cargo loading vehicle caught fire on Monday evening, prompting a Los Angeles-bound flight to be cancelled

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 12:07am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 9:19am

A ground worker at Hong Kong International Airport sustained minor injuries when a cargo loading vehicle caught fire next to a parked aircraft on Monday evening.

The vehicle was loading for American Airlines flight AA192, which code shares with MH9472 and CX7686, when the blaze started near the tail of the plane at about 5.20pm. No crew or passengers were on board the aircraft, which was near gate No 42 at the airport.

Flames were seen spreading to the aircraft but the fire was put out by fire crews soon after.

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The male worker, 59, was injured after he jumped from the vehicle. He was taken away from the fire by colleagues before being sent to North Lantau Hospital with facial and limb injuries. He was later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

The flight was scheduled to depart for Los Angeles at 6.10pm. It was later cancelled.

The Airport Authority said the airlines were providing arrangements for passengers affected by the incident.

The authority will also launch an investigation.