Singapore A388 at Zurich on Jan 26, 2013, could not vacate runway after landing

Last Update: January 27, 2013 / 15:26:02 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SQ-346

Aircraft Registration
9V-SKT

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9V-SKT performing flight SQ-346 from Singapore (Singapore) to Zurich (Switzerland), performed an eventless approach and landed safely on runway 34. When the crew attempted to turn off the runway, already in contact with ground control although still on the runway, the nose gear steering did not respond forcing the crew to stop the aircraft on the runway and forcing tower to instruct several aircraft to go-around.

The aircraft was towed off the runway about 20 minutes after landing. No landings at Zurich were possible for that period of time, takeoffs continued on runways 28 and 32.

Gossip indicates, that the nose gear steering mechanism literally froze up preventing nose wheel steering. After thawing the nose gear steering became responsive again and the aircraft was able to depart for the return flight SQ-345 on time (about 3.5 hours after landing).

The airline confirmed a technical issue prevented the aircraft to vacate the runway.
Incident Facts

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SQ-346

Aircraft Registration
9V-SKT

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

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