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LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:16 am

Apparently Lufthansa has an unfortunate start to their A380 services to Singapore. An LH A380 wing was damaged by contact with a bridge.

I read 2 different accounts of what happened:

AsiaOne reports that the wing hit the bridge when leaving the gate on the 31 October.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne.../Story/A1Story20111106-309044.html

The Straits Times mentioned that the accident happened over the weekend and was caused by the bridge hitting the empty A380.
http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapore/Story/STIStory_731262.html (subscription only)

Going with the details, I go for version number 2. (But I have to admit that AsiaOne's "Crashes into boarding bridge" sounds very spectacular) Does anyone know exactly what happened? I can understand the bridge hitting the fuselage but I have difficulty understanding how it hit the wing unless they moved the bridge forward before raising it to the upper deck level.
 
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LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:44 am

Boarding bridge accidents are fairly routine, it is amazing that this has not happen before, knowing the complexity of boarding the A380 from multiple boarding bridges, for upper and lower decks. Hopefully nothing serious, and she will be back in the air soon.
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LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:01 am

I just saw this on the news. Curious.. what's sort of repairs are required to the CF A380 and B787 due to ramp-rash incidents?
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LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:21 am

My question is what was the the LH A380 doing from Oct 31 when it arrived til Nov 6 when it "striked" the boarding bridge?
 
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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:44 am

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
My question is what was the the LH A380 doing from Oct 31 when it arrived til Nov 6 when it "striked" the boarding bridge?


Its just a poorly written article. LH flies the A380 daily on FRA-SIN since Oct 31.
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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:56 am

SQ conspiracy theories anyone   ?
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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:08 am

The aircraft involved seems to have been D-AIMH.

It departed Singapore at 12:26 local today, with an estimated arrival in Frankfurt at 18:13 this evening. Roughly a 36-hour delay, not too bad I guess.

It probably helped that this happened in Singapore, where SQ maintenance has experience working on A380s. And where poor VH-OQA is still being patched together.
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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:40 am

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 6):
The aircraft involved seems to have been D-AIMH.

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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:06 am

D-AIMH has already been damaged by a Hydraulic lift while being fitted out in Hamburg Finkenwerder back in May this year. Not a good start of life for a new aircraft. Oh well, as long as there are no fatalities or injuries...

I flew on D-AIMH 4 weeks ago I might add...  

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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:56 am

I flew SQ318 yesterday SIN-LHR with 9V-SKN (A388).

For some strange reason we left T3 and took off from 20C instead of 20R. An hour early I arrived on SQ941 from DPS and landed on 20R instead of 20C (closest to T2) ... Weird!

Anyway, on arriving from DPS I saw D-AIMH parked at the gate.... Didn't seem to be much going on around it, which I guess was due to the damage. It was also there at the gate during our take off roll on 20C.

Considering the ground handlers are used to handling multiple A380s a day at SIN (SQ, QF and now LH), I find it surprising that this happened. The only explanation I can think of is that there was either a faulty jetty or that A380s were quite rare at T2 and the ground crews there were not used to them.
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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:08 pm

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 6):
It probably helped that this happened in Singapore, where SQ maintenance has experience working on A380s. And where poor VH-OQA is still being patched together.

Any updates as to Nancy Birds status..?

Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 9):
The only explanation I can think of is that there was either a faulty jetty or that A380s were quite rare at T2 and the ground crews there were not used to them.

I'm sure the crew at all terminals have been trained on how to service the A380 regardless which Terminal...

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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:40 pm

Quoting SKAirbus
(For some strange reason we left T3 and took off from 20C instead of 20R. An hour early I arrived on SQ941 from DPS and landed on 20R instead of 20C (closest to T2) ... Weird!

Anyway, on arriving from DPS I saw D-AIMH parked at the gate.... Didn't seem to be much going on around it, which I guess was due to the damage. It was also there at the gate during our take off roll on 20C.)

Singapore Changi operates normally with segregated RWYS,
When Rwys 20 are in use, 20R is for arrival, and 20C for departure, regardless of which terminal you operate in/out.
In quiet periods, ATC may assign otherwise, to shorten the taxi distance to/from gates.

LH operates from T2, and the A380 is normally parked at gate E3 or E4.
 
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RE: LH A380 Damaged By Boarding Bridge At Changi

Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:47 pm

Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 9):
Considering the ground handlers are used to handling multiple A380s a day at SIN (SQ, QF and now LH), I find it surprising that this happened. The only explanation I can think of is that there was either a faulty jetty or that A380s were quite rare at T2 and the ground crews there were not used to them.

Plausible reason .. The last time T2 hosted an A380 regularly was over four years ago - the inaugural A380 flight from SIN-SYD. Then SQ moved to T3 in January 2008, where all their A380's currently operate from.

Anyhow, good to see the bird was fixed up. The A380 makes LH a much more attractive option to Europe, though the 747-400 will be missed simply because its such a beautiful airplane.

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