January 10, 2008 / 4:11 PM / 11 years ago

World's biggest plane in Singapore ground mishap

SINGAPORE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Passengers on the world’s biggest plane had to switch aircraft in Singapore after the first commercial superjumbo accidentally touched the grass on the side of the tarmac as it left the departure terminal.

Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) said no one was hurt in the incident involving the A380 aircraft bound from Singapore to Sydney. This is the first known mishap involving the Airbus EAD.PA aircraft since it entered commercial service last October.

“The aircraft — an Airbus A380 — came into contact with the grass verge off the airport tarmac,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement. It said the plane was not using its own power at the time, but was being led by a tow truck. A fault with the truck’s hydraulics had led to the incident, it said.

Passengers were being put on a Boeing 747 (BA.N) bound for Sydney, the airline said. The A380 will be inspected for damage before returning to service, the company said.

People paid up to $100,000 for the inaugural Singapore Airlines A380 flight last year, in which first class suites with real beds were modelled on luxury yachts, after wiring glitches caused the plane’s delivery to be delayed by two years, causing EADS billions of dollars in losses. (Reporting by Singapore Newsroom)

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