An Emirates airlines Airbus A380-861 encountered severe structural damage in the nose section, during routine maintenance in Dubai.
The impacted aircraft is an Emirates Airbus A380-861 with registration A6-EOP, a rather young superjumbo built in 2015.
The incident occurred on August 22, 2019 during routine checks in the Emirates Maintenance Hangar, located at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. The Airbus A380 front wheel collapsed, resulting in the front section hitting the ground, causing structural damage to the aircraft, with a torn/crumpled fuselage and structural damage.
Unconfirmed reports indicate, during maintenance on August 22, the forward wheel was retracted and the hydraulic jack used to support the aircraft, was not deployed.
The impacted Emirates Airbus A380-861 with registration A6-EOP, last operated the Bangkok to Dubai sector on August 20, 2019.
Emirates operates the worlds largest fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft, with 112 super-jumbos in their fleet. Emirates commented that nobody had been injured during the incident.
Once raised off the ground, a thorough check will be conducted to determine the full extent of the damage.
According to our source, this is A6-EOP and it happened on 22AUG. Seems like someone retracted the gear without the pin inserted and the aircraft was not on a support stanchion. https://t.co/zJoG06Q2Oe— FATIII Aviation (@FATIIIAviation) August 24, 2019
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