Emirates A380 badly damaged during maintenance
An Emirates A380 has been left with a crushed nose cone and suspected structural damage after a routine A check on the plane went wrong.
The accident occured during the routine check in Dubai when the aircraft’s nose slipped off its hydraulic jacks, according to Aviation Safety Network, the database for the Flight Safety Foundation.
Emirates Airlines in a statement confirmed the accident had occurred, and said no one had been injured.
Emirates Airbus A380 (A6-EOP, msn 200, built Nov 2015) was seriously damaged in a maintenance mishap in Dubai, UAE when its nose fell off the jacks and crashed to the ground. Structural damage is expected near the nosegear. No injuries reported. @a380fanclub pic.twitter.com/SBn1HnkPpd— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) August 24, 2019
“We confirm there was an incident when our engineering team was performing a routine A check on one of our A380s in the hangar. We are investigating the cause internally,” a spokesperson from Emirates told The National.
“All our employees are safe and unhurt. Safety is our number one priority, and we follow stringent safety and technical standards," said Emirates.
Emirates is investigating the incident to fully assess the extent of the damage to the plane, which last operated flight EK377 from Bangkok to Dubai last Tuesday.