Nose Gear of Singapore Airlines Jet Retracts, Plane Collapses
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A Singapore Airlines plane about to become Flight SQ890 and depart from Singapore's Changi Airport Sunday morning, local time, suffered a landing gear mishap that took it completely out of action, the Associated Press reported.
The Airbus A330-300 had flown in from Shanghai's Pudong International Airport in the early morning hours, the AP said, and was undergoing routine post-landing checks before heading off to Hong Kong when the incident occurred.
In a statement, the airline said, via the AP, that the nose gear "retracted while the aircraft was undergoing a landing gear system check," and the plane collapsed onto the tarmac.
The carrier added, according to the AP, "There were no passengers or crew on board at the time. One engineer who was on the aircraft was not injured.”
Damage would be assessed and the statement asserted, per the AP, “Singapore Airlines will be cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigations."
A different plane was used for the flight to Hong Kong, which took off more than 40 minutes late, the AP said.
Records revealed that the collapsed plane had been in service over six years, making its maiden flight in April 2009, according to the AP.
As the AP pointed out, another Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 recently suffered a mishap as well. On May 23, a flight from Singapore to Shanghai with 194 people aboard temporarily lost engine power. The airliner descended 13,000 feet before proper operations were restored.
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