Chinese Plane Crashes into Vehicle at Hong Kong Airport
Photo via Hong Kong Free Press
On Thursday, a Dragonair plane carrying almost 300 passengers collided with a service van at Hong Kong International Airport, trapping the driver inside the vehicle with head and shoulder injuries.
According to the South China Morning Post, Dragonair Flight KA691 was heading to the Hong Kong airport runway for takeoff at around 4 p.m. local time Thursday when it collided with a China Aircraft Service vehicle.
Police on the scene revealed that the driver of the vehicle was temporarily trapped inside with head and shoulder injuries, but was rescued and transported to the North Lantau Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.
Surveillance footage allegedly shows the vehicle driving directly toward the plane before making a sharp turn at the last moment and crashing into the aircraft’s engine. The vehicle was dragged underneath the plane for a short distance, but came to a complete stop safely.
The initial investigation points to the Dragonair flight crew not being at fault, and there were no reported injuries to the 295 passengers or crew from the incident. Following the accident, Hong Kong International Airport did not experience any serious delays or cancellations.
A full investigation into the cause of the incident is expected.
“Safety is our top priority. Dragonair will fully assist with the investigation,” an airline spokeswoman said in a statement.
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