2015-10-11 Singapore Airlines A333 nosegear collapse at gate

2015-10-11 Singapore Airlines A333 nosegear collapse at gate

2015-10-11 Singapore Airlines A333 nosegear collapse at gate


The empty aircraft received major damage when the nosegear suddenly gave way while the aircraft was parked at the gate. There were no injuries reported.

Whilst parked at Gate A17 (Changi Terminal 3) at the gate between two flights, and before passenger boarding, the nosegear gave way and retracted. The nose suddenly tilted downwards and impacted the ground burying a mobile ladder underneath.

Substantial damage also occured to the L1 door (left main) when it was ripped upwards by the adjacent aerobridge.

At the time, the landing gear was checked by an engineer who was in the cockpit. He fortunately managed to escape injury.

The aircraft arrived from Shanghai in the night (00:46) and was due to operate the next flight (SQ835) to Hong Kong.

The aircraft is expected to be out of service for a longer time.

According to AviationHerald, the engineer was checking a fault in an interface unit controlling the undercarriage position. No safety pins were inserted as the engineer computed a simulated flying condition before the landing gear lever was moved to the „up“ position. This caused the nosegear to retract.

Singapore´s AAIB has launched an investigation.


Date: 2015-10-11 Time: 08:00
Location: WSSS SIN Singapore Changi
Country: Singapore
Flight phase: STD – Standing with Engine(s) not Operating
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: SQ 890
From: 0000/: NONE To: 0000/: NONE
Type: Passenger
Operator: Singapore Airlines
Leased from: Unknown

Type: Airbus A330-300
Registration: 9V-STG
Age a/c: 6,5 years
Constr. No.: 1012

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Aircraft Involved

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  0 0 0 0
Fatalities  0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 29th safety occurence for the operator
  • 77th safety occurence of type (Airbus A330-300)
  • 24st safety occurence inSingapore-Changi Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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Video captured the moment of gear retraction
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9V-STG after the incident
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9V-STG after the incident
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AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions