Investigations continue into what made a Singapore Airlines A330-300 suddenly “kneel” on the tarmac, nose-down, on Sunday.
The sudden retraction of the nose gear took place when no passengers or flight crew were aboard. The plane’s appearance after the sudden tilt has been compared to a “kneeling bus” – a type of bus with air-adjustable suspension that lets the driver lower the front of the bus to the curb to make entering and exiting easier.
The difference is that when a bus does it, it’s usually deliberate.
The plane’s nose retracted abruptly on Sunday morning at Changi Airport Terminal 3.
It now turns out that an engineer was on the aircraft at the time. He was not hurt, the airline stated.
SIA said the Airbus A330-300 had last operated flight SQ835 to Singapore from Shanghai. It was due to have operated SQ890 to Hong Kong on Sunday morning but was taken out of service after the accident.
“Singapore Airlines will be co-operating fully with the authorities in their investigations,” a SIA spokesperson said.
Written by Peter Needham