Two Cathay Pacific pilots were killed in a car accident in Kwai Chung in the early hours of Thursday, Apple Daily reported Friday.
Ian Wong, 27, and Michael Tam, 28, co-pilots for the airline, were going for a late-night drive with three Dragonair pilots of similar age at the Container Port Road South.
Witnesses reported seeing a BMW M3, believed to be driven by Tam, performing “drifting” maneuvers in an open space.
At about 4:35 a.m., Wong was believed to be driving his 2006 Porsche Cayman S, with Tam in the car, at high speed down the Container Port Road.
The high-powered sports coupe, which cost HK$1.13 million (US$150,000) new nine years ago, smashed into a bridge column after hitting a road divider.
The car burst into flames within three minutes as the three Dragonair pilots and workers at the container terminal about 600 hundred meters away looked on helplessly.
The pair could not escape and were burnt to death.
Firefighters removed their charred bodies after putting out the fire.
Inspector Ma Wai-hung of New Territories South police said the location is not a hot spot for car racing and that no alcohol was found at the scene.
Police are investigating the accident to determine whether it was related to speed, driving attitude or medical reasons.
A Cathay Pacific representative said the company is very sorry for the losses suffered by the two employees’ families and will provide them with support and any necessary assistance.
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