An investigation has been launched by the Hong Kong Airport Authority pertaining to the collapse of an air bridge in at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday evening, injuring one person and reportedly ripping the left front door of an Airbus A330 operated by Cathay Pacific.
Fortunately, the collapse occurred just after all 262 passengers boarded the aircraft at Gate 71 for flight 532 whose destination was Nagoya — averting potentially tragic results. The injured person — a technician who was trapped in the air bridge when it collapsed while operating it — is reportedly in stable condition.
All rear air bridges are slated for inspection, as their use has been suspended pending the results of the investigation. In the meantime, Hong Kong International Airport will operate using single air bridge operation until further notice.
This incident evokes the collapse of another air bridge at the international airport in Copenhagen in November of 2011.