Los Angeles-bound flight cancelled after fire breaks out in Hong Kong
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Los Angeles-bound flight cancelled after fire breaks out in Hong Kong

AUTHORITIES in Hong Kong are investigating the cause of a fire that led to the cancellation of a Los Angeles-bound American Airlines plane on Monday evening.

The incident, where a cargo-loading vehicle caught fire next to a parked aircraft at the Hong Kong International Airport, left one person injured.

According to the South China Morning Post, the vehicle was loading for American Airlines flight AA192, which codeshares with MH9472 and CX7686, when the blaze started near the tail of the plane at about 5.20pm. The flight was due to depart at 6.10pm but was cancelled after the incident.

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The report said no crew or passengers were on board the aircraft, which was near gate No 42 at the airport when the fire broke out.

Fire crews managed to put out the fire before the flames spread to the aircraft.

The 59-year-old injured airport worker, who jumped from the vehicle, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was treated for facial and limb injuries.

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Airline spokesman Martha Thomas told the Associated Press (via CBS Los Angeles) the container that was on the loading equipment also caught fire in the process.

Without providing the details, Thomas said the cargo it contained was “non-hazardous”, adding the airline was looking into the cause of the mechanical issue that triggered the fire.