Monday, Sep 26, 2011
SINGAPORE - The tyre of a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 exploded on Sunday night just as the aircraft was preparing to take-off for Melbourne, Australia.
The incident took place at Changi Airport's Terminal 3 around 9pm and the flight, SQ229, was delayed by nearly eight hours, affecting all 401 passengers on board.
The aircraft was escorted by the airport security for inspections.
The flight, which was also carrying passengers from other airlines like Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic airlines, finally left Singapore at 4.04am.
n November last year, a Qantas A380 heading to Sydney, carrying 466 people, was forced to turn back to Singapore after an engine blasted a few minutes into the flight.
AFP reported that the blast rained engine casing down on an Indonesian town that the plane had been flying over.
In the same month, Singapore Airlines also had to cancel three flights after oil stains were found on the planes' engines.