Airport worker injured as air bridge collapses at Hong Kong airport

Airport worker injured as air bridge at Hong Kong airport

An airport worker was injured at Hong Kong International Airport when an air bridge collapsed and the door of a Cathay Pacific plane was ripped off.

The airport technician was injured when the air bridge at Gate 71 collapsed shortly after passengers had boarded the plane.

"Thank god they finished boarding when the accident happened," JALPak, a user on frequent flyer website FlyerTalk wrote.

An airport authority told Flight Global: "The air bridge at gate 71 fell because of a technical problem."

According to South China Morning Post, witnesses saw the 51-year-old airport technician fall with the bridge and Airport Security staff performed first aid on the man before he was taken to hospital with injured limbs.

Cathay Pacific said all passengers and staff on the Airbus A330 were unharmed.

In March 2013, an airport worker died in an industrial accident at Changi Airport in Singapore. The man was working at a building near a runway and was detaching a drill pipe using a wrench when the pipe suddenly spun. Two other workers were injured.

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