American Airlines cancels flight after cargo catches fire on tarmac

Mae Love
October 9, 2017

Black smoke was seen billowing near the belly of an American Airlines plane in Hong Kong.

Dramatic footage has captured the moment cargo being loaded on an American Airlines plane caught fire at Hong Kong global airport overnight.

It is reported one airport worker has been injured in the blaze which broke out right next to the jet at 5.30pm local time (9.30am UK).

The Boeing 777 was scheduled to depart Hong Kong at 6:10 p.m. local time and arrive in LA at 4:30 p.m. local time. A spokeswoman for the airline, Martha Thomas, said Monday the container that was on the loading equipment also caught fire in the process. However, Thomas has stated that the cargo itself was "non-hazardous", and that no passengers or crew were injured in the incident, as the aircraft had not yet boarded.

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The fire was extinguished and an investigation is underway.

A spokesman for American Airlines has confirmed the fire was caused by a "mechanical issue", and the flight to Los Angeles has been cancelled.

The flight, bound for LA, was cancelled.

The operator of the equipment was treated for "non-life-threatening" injuries.

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