Fire Cancels American Airlines Flight in Hong Kong

Fire Cancels American Airlines Flight in Hong Kong

Visitors leaving Hong Kong International Airport can now opt for self-service departure which uses face recognition technology for identity verification.

The incident took place right before a cargo pallet was set to be loaded onto an American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER.

When they leave Hong Kong, passengers again have their photo taken by the system which will match that against the photos taken on arrival.

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

An American Airlines plane was involved in a fire incident at the Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, prompting the cancellation of the flight.

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The cargo loader itself reportedly caught fire, which in turn spread to the container it was placing on board the aircraft.

The flight was scheduled to depart Hong Kong at 6:10 pm local time and arrive at Los Angeles at 4:30 pm local time, AP reported.

"Boarding had not yet started when this occurred and no passengers or crew were injured".

Thomas said the operator of the equipment is being treated for "non-life-threatening" injuries.

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