Singapore Airlines collapses at Changi Airport

SINGAPORE: The nose gear of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane collapsed on Sunday morning (Oct 11) at Changi Airport, confirmed the airline in response to queries from Channel NewsAsia.

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There were no passengers or crew on board at the time, said SIA. At the time of the collapse, which happened around 8am, one engineer was on the aircraft but was not hurt, added the airline.

SIA said the Airbus A330-300 is registered as 9V-STG, and had last operated flight SQ835 which arrived in Singapore from Shanghai at 12.49am. The aircraft was next due to have operated SQ890 to Hong Kong on Sunday morning.

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However, another aircraft was used for that flight due to maintenance being carried out on the plane which collapsed, said the airline. According to online flight schedules, SQ890 was scheduled to depart at 7.35am on Sunday morning, but took off instead at 8.18am.

“We do not have details of damage to the aircraft at this point. An assessment will be carried out after it is removed from the gate,” said SIA. “Singapore Airlines will be co-operating fully with the authorities in their investigations.”

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Photos sent to Channel NewsAsia on Sunday showed the nose of the plane tilted downward on the tarmac of Changi Airport next to an aerobridge, and the photos appear to show that the front door of the plane was torn off.