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Emergency services rushed to the 787 Dreamliner at around 9am today (Friday 18 June), after the front gear and wheel reportedly failed.
Thankfully it was a freighter aircraft, and there were therefore no passengers on board.
A British Airways spokesperson said: "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."
The airline added that the collapse should not have a knock-on effect on passengers.
Flight tracking data shows the last route the plane flew was from Moscow to London - landing just before 10.30pm yesterday.
The Sun reports the aircraft was preparing for a cargo flight to Frankfurt when the incident happened.
Callum Jones, a ramp agent at Manchester airport, said there are many reasons why the nose of a plane could collapse, and the reason in this instance will have to be determined by engineers.
An unidentified (at present) British Airways Boeing 787 has suffered a nose gear collapse at London Heathrow Airport this morning. Extent of the damage is currently unknown, further details will be reported once available
:camera_with_flash:: unknown pic.twitter.com/00M8pGjkHw
- AerohubNews (@AerohubUK) June 18, 2021
He told Metro: "There are no injuries apparently. They are just lucky nobody was under the nose when it collapsed and no pushback tug was attached either else it could have been a lot worse.
"The main thing is that none of the ground crew were in and around the nose gear when it collapsed."
Meanwhile, in the US, two passengers were reportedly kicked off a flight after an argument over an armrest.
The two men were on a United Airlines flight setting off from San Francisco Airport and bound for Las Vegas last Friday (11 June) when the alleged disagreement erupted.
A fellow passenger on the flight took a photo of the scene, saying it was their first time on a plane in over a year.
He said: "On my first flight in 15 months, of course we were rerouted back to the gate because two passengers got into a physical altercation over elbow placement upon arm rests."
According to reports by SFGate, both men were escorted from the flight and detained by police.
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