Cargo loader sparks blaze next to American Airlines plane at HKG

BREAKING: Fire breaks out at major airport next to passenger plane

BREAKING: Fire breaks out at major airport next to passenger plane

The blaze ripped out of cargo being loaded onto an American Airlines jet at Hong Kong worldwide airport.

An American Airlines Boeing 777 was damaged Monday evening at Hong Kong Airport when either luggage or cargo being loaded on the aircraft caught fire.

The vehicle was loading for American Airlines flight AA192, which code shares with MH9472 and CX7686, when it caught fire near the tail of the plane.

According to witnesses, the blaze started at equipment that was moving cargo into the aircraft hold near the rear. The fire did not actually spread to the plane, however.

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

Video and still photos of the scene showed flames and smoke rising from the container.

Following the incident, the flight was cancelled and American Airlines made alternate arrangements for the affected passengers. She added that the airline was looking into the cause of the mechanical issue that triggered the fire. The operator of the equipment is being treated for "non-life-threatening" injuries, she said.

The flight was scheduled to depart for Los Angeles at 6.10pm.

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