Date
28 July 2017
An aircraft tire explosion hurled another tire, which hit the worker at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
An aircraft tire explosion hurled another tire, which hit the worker at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Worker killed after aircraft tire explodes in repair facility

A worker died in a freak accident involving a blown-up aircraft tire, leaving behind his wife and their seven-month-old son, Apple Daily reports.

The 29-year-old worker, surnamed Lau, had been working at Hang Fai Transportation Company for nine years, and his job was to transport aircraft tires from the Hong Kong International Airport to a repair and maintenance center at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, and back.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. on Wednesday while Lau was trying to unload aircraft tires that just arrived from overseas for repair at the industrial estate.

As he was pulling one of the tires, the one at the bottom exploded, propelling the one on top into the air before it hit him in the head.

The impact knocked him down to the ground and rendered him unconscious.

Police and paramedics who arrived at the scene rushed him to the hospital, where he died later in the night.

The wife, a 28-year-old mainlander, told Apple Daily that Lau’s employer paid a visit to their home but only left an envelope containing HK$100 as a token of condolence.

She said she is determined to seek justice for her husband.

A spokesman for Goodrich Asia-Pacific Ltd., which operates the repair center, promised to provide support for Lau’s family. 

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (00044.HK) is one of the shareholders of the company.

The spokesman said the company has also contacted the airline firm who owns the tires for repair to jointly investigate the highly unusual accident.

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