SIA plane collapses at Changi Airport

No passengers or crew were on board the aircraft when it collapsed on Sunday

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Photos: Jason

The nose gear of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane has collapsed at Changi Airport on Sunday morning (Oct 11).

While there were no passengers or crew on board when the SIA Airbus A330-300 collapsed at around 8am, one engineer was on the aircraft but was not hurt, said SIA.

The airline said the nose gear of the aircraft retracted while the aircraft was at Gate A17 undergoing a landing gear system check at around 8am on Sunday morning.

The plane had last operated flight SQ835 which arrived in Singapore from Shanghai at 12.49am, and was next due to have operated SQ890 to Hong Kong on Sunday morning. However, another aircraft was used for that flight due to maintenance being carried out on the plane involved in the incident, said the airline.

"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. 

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Photos sent to Channel NewsAsia on Sunday showed the plane leaning forward 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.

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