On Friday, June 18, a British Airways Dreamliner 787 nosedived onto the tarmac at Heathrow Airport injuring one crew member on the ground after ‘engineer failed to lock the landing gear properly.’
Dramatic images showed a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with no passengers aboard, with its nose planted on the ground and broken landing gear while a stair car stands by.
It appears only the front landing gear, underneath the pilot’s cabin, has collapsed, leaving the plane at a downwards angle.
The aircraft involved in the incident is registered G-ZBJB and is an 8-year-old Boeing 787-8 owned and operated by BA. It is equipped with 154 economy seats, 25 premium economy, and 35 in the business class cabin.
Airport emergency crews rushed to the scene but the extent of the damage to the plane remains unknown.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 8:05am today to reports of an incident at Heathrow Airport.
‘We sent a number of resources to the scene including our hazardous area response team (HART), ambulance crews, a medic on a bicycle and an incident response officer. Our medics assessed two people at the scene. After an assessment we took one person to hospital.’
BA 787-8 G-ZBJB nose wheel collapsed on stand at Heathrow this morning. Was getting ready to operate a cargo flight to Frankfurt. No injuries, only to the plane. 👀 pic.twitter.com/lCa94p1g2g— Train&PlaneHub (@Train_PlaneHub) June 18, 2021
The incident occurred while the Boeing-made plane—a passenger plane converted for cargo transport—was being loaded for a morning journey to Frankfurt, Germany, after arriving two days earlier from Moscow.
However, British Airways reported that flights were running as usual and that the plane was carrying freight, with no passengers on board.
The accident occurred because a vital piece of landing equipment could have folded itself up inside the plane.
Callum Jones, a ramp agent at Manchester airport, said that there are many reasons why the nose gear of a plane could collapse.
“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,” he told the outlet. “The main thing is that none of the ground crew were in and around the nose gear when it collapsed.”
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.’
British Airways operates a total of 30 Dreamliner 787s, 12 of which are 787-8s and the rest are the somewhat larger and newer 787-9s.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, said at the time: ‘The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency and I’m sure British Airways’ customers will love it.’
It is also the latest in a string of incidents to affect Boeing’s planes and comes after a turbulent year for the airline.
Last April, the airline announced that it would have to cut up to 12,000 jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic restricting travel.line.
Their flagship 737 MAX airplane was grounded globally in March 2019 after two crashes killed 346 people. A failure in the plane’s electronic systems was subsequently found to be the cause of the crashes.
The grounding, which ended in January this year in Europe, is estimated to have cost the firm more than $20 billion in fines, compensation, and legal fees.
The embattled company also had 1,200 orders for the plan cancelled, costing them a further $60 billion.