Date
18 October 2017
Oil leak on a cargo loader is suspected to have caused a fire incident involving an American Airlines plane at the Hong Kong airport on Monday. Photos: HKEJ, Ka Kong Tse/YouTube
Oil leak on a cargo loader is suspected to have caused a fire incident involving an American Airlines plane at the Hong Kong airport on Monday. Photos: HKEJ, Ka Kong Tse/YouTube

Worker injured as cargo loader at AA plane catches fire in HK

An American Airlines plane was involved in a fire incident at the Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, prompting the cancellation of the flight.

Flight AA192 was being readied for its journey to Los Angeles when a cargo loader burst into flames, injuring a person who was operating the loading equipment.

Shortly after 5:40 in the evening a fire broke out beside the aircraft, which had been scheduled to depart at 6:10 pm.

According to witnesses, the blaze started at equipment that was moving cargo into the aircraft hold near the rear.

It is suspected that the accident happened due to oil leakage in the cargo loader, Apple Daily reports. 

The blaze spread quickly and enveloped some cargo items before firemen arrived five minutes later and put out the flames quickly.

The aircraft was parked at the apron of Gate No.42 when the incident happened. 

A 59-year-old worker fell to the ground and was hurt as he tried to flee the fire.

He was rushed to North Lantau Hospital for treatment of facial and limb injuries, before being transferred later to Princess Margaret Hospital.

An Airport Authority (AA) spokesman was quoted as saying that there was no passenger aboard the aircraft at the time of the fire.

Following the incident, the flight was cancelled and American Airlines made alternate arrangements for the affected passengers.

AA is looking into the fire accident, but initial investigations conducted by police found nothing suspicious.

The Civil Aviation Department, meanwhile, said it has requested AA to submit a report.

The department said it will follow up on the incident with the airline involved and the ground handling services contractor, and take appropriate actions, according to hk01.com.

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