Worker charged over Hong Kong cable car cabin plunge


AFP

HONG KONG — A cable car cabin to one of Hong Kong’s biggest tourist attractions plunged 50 metres to the ground because of criminal negligence by a worker, a report into the incident said Tuesday. The Ngong Ping cable car, which ferries people to a giant statue of Buddha, has been closed since the cabin crashed to the floor in June, less than a year after it opened to the public.

The owners, MTR Corporation, have now sacked the operators — Australian firm Skyrail — and have set up a subsidiary company to manage and operate the system, the government report said.

The investigation found that both the design of the system and the regulatory regime were in line with international standards, but pointed out some failings in managing and maintaining the system.