Singapore A333 at Singapore on Oct 11th 2015, aircraft "kneeling" at the gate

Last Update: October 15, 2015 / 17:18:50 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 11, 2015

Classification
Accident

Flight number
SQ-890

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
9V-STG

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration 9V-STG performing flight SQ-890 from Singapore (Singapore) to Hong Kong (China), was being prepared for departure at the gate A17 about one hour prior to estimated departure, passengers already in the waiting lounge, just one mechanics on board of the aircraft, when the nose gear retracted also ripping the main entrance door off the aircraft and causing damage to the gangway.

The airline confirmed there was just a mechanics on board to perform a landing gear check when the nose gear retracted.

A replacement A330-300 registration 9V-STL reached Hong Kong with a delay of about 1 hours.

On Oct 13th 2015 The Aviation Herald learned that the aircraft had arrived in Singapore with a Landing Gear Control and Interface Unit(LGCIU) #2 fault, that had been deferred earlier. The time between arrival and scheduled departure was sufficient to replace the LGCIU #2. The landing gear pins were not inserted into any of the gear assemblies during that work. The aircraft was subsequently programmed to assume to be in the air to simulate the landing gear retraction and extension, however, as the gear pins had not been inserted the nose gear retracted when the landing gear lever was selected up. The aircraft sustained damage to the nose landing gear doors and the L1 passenger door, the engines were not damaged. The aircraft was lifted and towed to a maintenance hangar where it is going to be repaired. Singapore's AAIB is investigating.

Surveillance video catching the moments of the nose gear retracting (Video: Shikhargpt)
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 11, 2015

Classification
Accident

Flight number
SQ-890

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
9V-STG

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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