Commercial plane collapses at Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines – Plane collapse during routine pre-flight checks.

A Singapore Airlines jet collapsed last Sunday at the Changi Airport in Singapore.

There were no passengers or crew on board. The incident occurred as an engineer was conducting routine landing checks before a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. It has recently arrived from Pudong Airport in Shanghai, China.

No injuries were reported.

In a statement via AP, Singapore Airlines said that the nose gear of an Airbus A330-300 “retracted while the aircraft was undergoing a landing gear system check”.

“There were no passengers or crew on board at the time. One engineer who was on the aircraft was not injured. Singapore Airlines will be cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigations,” the carrier said.

Singapore Airline did not provide details of damage to the aircraft. It said an assessment will be carried out after the plane is removed from the gate.

A Twitter user, Arnaud Gailleurd (noar85) posted a photo of the collapsed plane.

A different plane was used for the Hong Kong flight, which took off 40 minutes after the scheduled time for departure.

The collapsed plane had been flying for over six years. It made its maiden flight in April 2009.

Singapore Airlines is considered one of the best flag carriers in the world and has an excellent safety record as reported by AirlineRatings.