The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has formed a task force to investigate the collapse of an air bridge at Hong Kong International Airport on 7 April which damaged a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300.
The authority says that it has appointed independent engineer Edmund Leung Kwong-ho to chair the task force, while AAHK's executive director for projects, John Chai, will act as the vice-chairman.
The task force will also include representatives from Cathay Pacific, ground handler Hong Kong Airport Services and Jardine Engineering, which is responsible for the maintenance of the air bridges.
The task force will submit its findings on the root cause of the collapse to the AAHK board and the Civil Aviation Department within three months.
The rear air bridge of gate W71 on the northwest concourse of the airport's Terminal 1 collapsed on 7 April while attached to the Cathay A330, which is registered as B-HLF. That resulted in damage to the aircraft's forward passenger door and injuries to a worker in the air bridge's operator cabin.
Following the collapse, AAHK suspended the operation of all rear air bridges temporarily for checks. Subsequently, the airport has suspended the operation of nine other rear air bridges on the northwest concourse until after the findings of the investigation are released.