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Cathay Pacific loses bag containing a million dollars

July 22, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Cathay Pacific has lost a bag containing a million dollars in cash, somewhere in Hong Kong International airport. Anyone finding it, please hand it in.

The loss reportedly occurred last Friday night. It concerned a bag containing a million New Zealand dollars. NZD 1 million is worth a little over AUD 900,000 at current rates.

The missing bag was one of 12 carrying cash valued at NZD 10 million, being flown to New Zealand by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong media reported. It tumbled out of a vehicle making a sharp turn at the airport.

Bag of cash

Bag of cash

The cash bags, labelled “G4S International” were being delivered to the Bank of China through the cargo transfer service provided by Cathay’s subsidiary, Hong Kong Airport Services.

Surveillance footage shows three bags tumbling out of a trailer being towed by a small airport vehicle, while the vehicle makes a turn at a corner. The trailer does not seem to have been properly fastened.

The driver was travelling without a security guard during the transfer, an omission that unions in Hong Kong have criticised.

Two of the three missing bags were later found on the airport tarmac but the third one is still missing.

Police are investigating.

Written by Peter Needham

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