A British Airways Boeing 787 jet has suffered a nose gear collapse at Heathrow Airport.
The front fuselage of the Dreamliner crashed onto the tarmac at the UK’s busiest airport this morning and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating what happened.
It said: “We have sent a team to London Heathrow to investigate an incident involving an aircraft in which a nose landing gear collapsed while loading cargo.”
There were no flight delays and the airport is still operational.
An airline spokesman said, “A cargo plane was damaged in the stall. As a pure cargo aircraft, there were no passengers on board. Safety is always the top priority and we are investigating the matter. “
Images posted on social media show the aircraft, believed to be a Boeing 787, surrounded by more than a dozen emergency vehicles, including police, fire and ambulances.
The cause of the collapse of the nose landing gear and the extent of the damage to the aircraft are currently unknown.
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With restrictions from Great Britain making long-haul flights more difficult, British Airways uses many of the highly efficient aircraft to transport cargo.
British Airways has 32 Boeing 787s in service, including 12 787-8s (including G-ZBJB, an aircraft involved in today’s incident) and 18 787-9s. In addition, the airline has firmly ordered two 787-10s and 10 787-10s.
865,787 are in commercial service with 57 airlines worldwide today. Of these, 112 are stored, reports airline specialist Cirium.
Boeing also recently shipped its 1,000th Dreamliner, less than 10 years after the first aircraft entered service. This makes it the fastest wide-body aircraft to reach this important milestone.