British Airways plane collapses at Heathrow

An investigation has been launched after the nose gear of a British Airways Boeing 787 collapsed at London's Heathrow Airport.

The plane, which was being used for a cargo-only flight, was parked on the tarmac when the landing gear crumpled at the UK's busiest airport.

The incident happened while the plane was being loaded for a flight to Germany, having flown in from Russia two days before.

Some flight crew were reportedly inside when the collapse happened, however, no one was seriously injured. According to one report in the Daily Mail, an engineer had "failed to lock out the landing gear properly".

An airline spokesperson told The Independent: "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."

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We sent a number of resources to the scene including our hazardous area response team (HART), ambulance crews, a medic on a bicycle and an incident response officer. Our medics assessed two people at the scene. After an assessment we took one person to hospital."

Stuff.co.nz

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