'Disaster' keeps airport busy

Central Station | 9 Nov 2017

An incoming A350 aircraft burst into flames after crashing into a diesel generator at the Hong Kong International Airport. But fortunately the "disaster" was just a drill at Chek Lap Kok yesterday.

The Airport Authority coordinated a 4-hour drill starting at 2am when a simulated arrival flight carrying 130 people mistakenly entered a taxiway not assigned for its use after landing.

According to the scenario, its engine hit the construction site hoarding and crashed into a diesel generator. The aircraft then caught fire.

Assuming a total of three deaths and 80 injuries, passengers and crew members were rescued and sent to six hospitals. Fire services deployed 15 appliances and 16 ambulances. A mobile liaison center was also set up to coordinate the activities.

As no catastrophe goes without media coverage, about 30 journalism students from the Chinese University, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Baptist University and Shue Yan University acted as reporters.

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