Bag containing almost one million New Zealand dollars disappears at Hong Kong airport

The sack stuffed with cash had been traveling on the back of a luggage van

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A bag containing almost one million New Zealand dollars in cash has gone missing at Hong Kong airport after reportedly falling off a luggage trailer.

The unusual cargo had arrived on a Cathay Pacific flight from Auckland and was destined for the Bank of China.

It was one of 12 sacks containing a total of 40,805,000 yuan (£4.2 million) being driven through the Hong Kong airport, Chinese website Shanghaiist reported.

CCTV footage shows three of the bags falling off the trailer as it turned a sharp corner on Friday, with the driver not realising they were missing until he arrives at a depot 10 minutes later.

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The money had been transported by G4S International Logistics but was out of the company's control at the time it went missing

He managed to receive two sacks, labelled G4S International, from the tarmac but the third was not recovered, prompting police to launch a theft investigation.

A spokesperson for G4S told The Independent the money was out of the firm’s control when it went missing in the care of Hong Kong Airport Services, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific.

The airline confirmed that valuable cargo was transported to Hong Kong on the day but did not give a figure for its worth.