A Singapore Airlines A330 has hit its tail on the tarmac when coming into land at Yangon International Airport (RGN) but managed to correct itself and continue to a safe stop. Passengers were disembarked safely but the aircraft was unable to perform its scheduled return flight.
What are the details?
Singapore flight SQ-998 was coming in for a routine landing at Yangon International Airport from Singapore when the aircraft managed to hit its tail on the runway. This is known as a ‘tail strike’ incident and is treated just a seriously as any other collision with the surface (apart from wheels obviously).
The aircraft managed to roll on through the collision and continue to a normal stop at the end of the runway and proceed to disembark passengers normally. The report from The Aviation Herald makes no mention of any debris or other broken parts being left behind so we can assume that it was more of a bump than a strike.
However, better safe than sorry, the Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 (tail number 9V-SSI) was grounded pending further maintenance and inspection. Outbound passengers were informed they would have to wait for a replacement aircraft.
And boy what a wait it was. The new Boeing 777-200 delivering those passengers on flight SQ-997 to Singapore arrived approximately seven and a half hours behind schedule.
As for the tail strike aircraft, well it is still sitting there at Yangon awaiting inspection over 70 hours since the flight. It may have been much more serious than first anticipated and Singapore will need to go over every part of the aircraft to ensure that it is flight worthy again.
Simple Flying reached out to Singapore Airlines at the time of publishing for comment but has yet to receive a reply.