British Airways Dreamliner 787 nose COLLAPSES on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport
- British Airways Dreamliner 787 seen with nose to the ground at Heathrow Airport
- Aircraft confirmed to have suffered a front landing gear collapse at its stand
- Flight operator said plane was transporting freight and had no passengers
A British Airways plane has suffered a nose gear collapse on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport.
Shocking photos show the Dreamliner 787 with its nose on the ground and broken landing gear while a stair car stands by.
Airport emergency crews rushed to the scene with the extent of the damage to the plane not yet known.
It appears only the front landing gear, underneath the pilot’s cabin, has collapsed, leaving the plane at a downwards angle.
A British Airways Dreamliner 787 has suffered a nose gear collapse on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport
The incident happened while the plane was being loaded for a morning flight to Frankfurt, Germany, having flown in from Moscow two days ago.
A source told MailOnline that some flight crew were onboard the plane when it collapsed.
They added that were concerns among ground staff of a possible safety issue which could lead to other 787s being grounded while inspections are carried out.
AerohubNews tweeted: ‘An unidentified (at present) British Airways Boeing 787 has suffered a nose gear collapse at London Heathrow Airport this morning.
The aircraft is believed to have suffered a front landing gear collapse while at its stand. Luckily because the plane was transporting freight there were no passengers on board
A spokesperson for British Airways said they would be investigating the incident
‘Extent of the damage is currently unknown, further details will be reported once available.’
British Airways have confirmed that the aircraft was only transporting freight and so luckily had no passengers on board.
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.’
This is a breaking news story.