PICTURE: Singapore Airlines A330 nose gear collapse
October 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Efforts are underway to recover Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 9V-STG some 7 hours after the collapse of her nose gear at Gate A17, Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Click image for high-res version). © Roy Choo
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 suffered a nose gear collapse on the morning of 11 October while parked at Changi Airport Terminal 3. According to a statement issued by the airline, the aircraft (9V-STG, MSN 1012) had been undergoing a landing gear system check when the incident happened. An engineer, who was onboard the aircraft, was unhurt.
Damage was sustained on the forward lower fuselage and engine cowlings. Door 1L, which was attached to the aerobridge, was also sheared off. Investigations are ongoing.
Update 12 October 2015: While investigations are afoot on the mishap, it has become increasingly certain that the nose gear lock pin was not in place when the retraction happened. It also appears that the nose gear wheel well and radome incurred significant damage, with the latter have collapsed on a maintenance step.
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