A Dragonair jet and a service vehicle crashed at Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport on Thursday.

According to reports, at around 4pm, Dragonair flight KA691 and a China Aircraft Services Limited vehicle collided on the tarmac. The crash caused the van to list and resulted in damage to the plane’s left engine.

The Dragonair jet’s engine crushing the service vehicle.

The driver was trapped in the van and was freed by firefighters at the scene. He was conscious while being rescued and was taken to hospital with head injuries. His injuries are not serious, according to Ming Pao.


Fire engines and ambulances were on the scene. The side of the vehicle suffered serious damage, and its left rear tyre burst. A witness told the newspaper that he saw the jet suddenly stop on the runway, with the van trapped underneath.

“I don’t know what crashed into what first – the plane should have been moving at the time,” he said.

Emergency vehicles on scene after the incident.

The Airport Authority confirmed that an aircraft maintenance vehicle was involved in a collision with the jet at aircraft parking stand number 25 and that the driver was taken to hospital for treatment.

The flight was scheduled to depart for Penang, Malaysia at 3:30pm, according to information from the Airport Authority. Apple Daily reported that the passengers have disembarked from the aircraft.

Update 11:50pm: This article was updated as video footage emerged. 

Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.