British Airways Dreamliner 787 nose COLLAPSES on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport
- British Airways Dreamliner 787 has been seen with its nose on the ground at Heathrow Airport this morning
- Aircraft confirmed to have suffered a collapse to its front landing gear while having cargo loaded its stand
- Flight operator said plane was transporting freight and had no passengers on board at the time
- A source told MailOnline that flight crew were however on board and raised possibility of a safety issue
A British Airways plane has suffered a nose gear collapse on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport.
Shocking photos show the Dreamliner 787-8 with its nose on the ground and broken landing gear while a stair car stands by.
Airport emergency crews rushed to the scene with the extent of the damage to the plane not yet known.
The incident happened while the plane was being loaded for a morning flight to Frankfurt, Germany, having flown in from Moscow two days ago.
A source told MailOnline that some flight crew were onboard the plane when it collapsed.
They added there were concerns among ground staff of a possible safety issue which could lead to other 787s being grounded while inspections are carried out.
A British Airways Dreamliner 787 has suffered a nose gear collapse on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport this morning. Photos show the aircraft at an angle surrounded by fire crews and police
Airport emergency crews rushed to the scene with the extent of the damage to the plane not yet known. It appears only the front landing gear, underneath the pilot’s cabin, has collapsed, leaving the plane at a downwards angle
British Airways said that flights were continuing as normal and that the aircraft was only transporting freight and so had no passengers on board
British Airways however said flights were continuing as normal and that the aircraft was only transporting freight and so had no passengers on board.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘A freighter aircraft has been damaged while stationary on stand. As a freighter only aircraft there were no passengers on board.
‘Safety is always our highest priority and we are investigating the matter.’
It appears only the front landing gear, underneath the pilot’s cabin, has collapsed, leaving the plane at a downwards angle.
AerohubNews tweeted: ‘An unidentified (at present) British Airways Boeing 787 has suffered a nose gear collapse at London Heathrow Airport this morning.
‘Extent of the damage is currently unknown, further details will be reported once available.’
The aircraft is believed to have suffered a front landing gear collapse while at its stand. Luckily because the plane was transporting freight there were no passengers on board
British Airways has a total of 30 Dreamliner 787s in it’s fleet, 12 being 787-8 and the rest being the slightly larger and newer 787-9 type.
The twin engine jets, built by American manufacturer Boeing, had not suffered a fatality as of April 2020 but have had several issues over fuel leaks and batteries.
Callum Jones, a ramp agent at Manchester airport, said there are many reasons why a nose of a plane could collapse and that this will have to be determined by engineers.
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I didn’t witness the collapse but I work on the ramp at Manchester. There are no injuries apparently. They are just lucky nobody was under the nose when it collapsed and no pushback tug was attached either else it could have been a lot worse.
‘The main thing is that none of the ground crew were in and around the nose gear when it collapsed.’