Although only two A380s have been delivered so far, one of them a few months ago, the second one on the 11th of January (last Friday), this weekend the first incident happened to the first one, although last year another one happened before its first delivery.
The first incident
An Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, scraped the tip of a wing on a building at Bangkok’s international airport in last September as it was preparing for a demonstration flight, officials of the aircraft company and Thai Airways said.
The plane, which had been taxiing with journalists and VIP guests on board, suffered minor damage, delaying its planned flight to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai by just over three hours, they said. There were no injuries.
The second incident
The first A380, which has been operating between Singapore Changi and Sydney since October, rolled off the Singapore’s tarmac at the new Terminal 3 and onto the grass after the truck that was pushing it failed and disconnected from the plane, according to widespread press reports from Singapore. There were 446 passengers onboard and all disembarked safely. Arrangements reportedly were made to transport them to Australia aboard alternate equipment.
“As a consequence of the failure on the truck, the aircraft. . .came into contact with the grass verge off the airport tarmac. The aircraft was not under its own power at the time,” an Singapore Airlines spokesperson told CNN Friday. “It is too early at this time to know the cause of the incident, but Singapore Airlines will investigate this quickly and is filing reports with the appropriate Singapore authorities.” Four tires reportedly rolled up onto the grass and were replaced and the aircraft was scheduled to be ready to fly later Friday, Agence France Press reported, citing an Singapore Airlines spokesperson.
“The damage is very limited. It’s superficial in the sense that there is possibly damage to tires, but nothing to the structure of the aircraft,” SIA told the Associated Press. “The engineers are doing a very careful inspection of the plane. They’re being very careful because it’s the first time and they just want to be very sure.”
Source: AP, ATW Online