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Old 29th November 2017, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default 9V-SQK partially burnt after tow-tug catches fire

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...apore-airlines

Incident happened as 9V-SQK was being towed to T3 to operate SQ890|29NOV.

The aircraft has been towed to the SIAEC hangars.
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Old 29th November 2017, 10:05 AM   #2
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Anyone know how extensive is the damage? I hope she can be fixed, 14.9 years old is pushing the retirement age by SQ standard.
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Old 29th November 2017, 10:20 AM   #3
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It's recently got an upgraded IFE and seats in Y as well.
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Old 29th November 2017, 10:47 AM   #4
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Videos of the fire looked pretty bad. Will upload them later.
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Old 29th November 2017, 02:33 PM   #5
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Looks like the front of the aircraft sustained quite some damage and the crew need to evacuate using the emergency slide. At almost 15 years old, the aircraft may likely not be fully repired unless SIA still wants to flythe aircraft for another few years which will put SIA as the first time in operating a passenger aircraft beyond 15 years old.
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Old 29th November 2017, 02:57 PM   #6
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At almost 15 years old, the aircraft may likely not be fully repired unless SIA still wants to flythe aircraft for another few years which will put SIA as the first time in operating a passenger aircraft beyond 15 years old.
Hmmm I believe SQ's oldest aircraft is currently 9V-SVB which is more than 16 year's old.

Hopefully SQK only sustained cosmetic damages!
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Old 29th November 2017, 03:24 PM   #7
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Hmmm I believe SQ's oldest aircraft is currently 9V-SVB which is more than 16 year's old.
Correct! SVB has had that title for quite a while too. IIRC the previous oldest aircraft was SQE which they retained to provide a regional F cabin on CGK services until they had freed up enough 773s with new 77Ws in order to take over. That was 4 years ago.

Actually after checking, I correct myself: SRH held the record from mid-2013 to early 2015, departing just prior to its 15th birthday. SVB has been the eldest since January 2015 and has surpassed the age of any previous SQ passenger craft that I'm aware of.

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Old 29th November 2017, 05:40 PM   #8
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honestly, with the latest refits on the 772s, however old the frames are, the aircraft still look pretty good capable of flying quite a number more years.

the only downside will be the business cabin that hasn't been upgraded aside from new upholstering....then again, i guess SQ doesn't plan to change their regional J class product.

i hope SQK can be repaired!!
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Old 29th November 2017, 05:41 PM   #9
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Am surprised that SIA now keeps its aircrafts now above 15 years old. Remember the earlier days when SIA boasts of its new planes and and one of the lowest average age of its planes and replaces the aircrafts when they reach 10 years of sevice and then later to 12 years.
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Old 29th November 2017, 06:48 PM   #10
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Managed to photograph 9V-SQK as it was being towed past T3 toward the SIAEC hangar. There was a 'Follow Me' leading the way and an AES Fire Engine and another airport vehicle tailing behind it.
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Old 29th November 2017, 07:10 PM   #11
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Am surprised that SIA now keeps its aircrafts now above 15 years old. Remember the earlier days when SIA boasts of its new planes and and one of the lowest average age of its planes and replaces the aircrafts when they reach 10 years of sevice and then later to 12 years.
The way SIA operated bear some similarity to COE for cars right? Deregister before 10 years and keep the fleet new...

Nowadays new COE expensive so many car owners just extend their COE. SIA copying this too? Haha.....
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Old 29th November 2017, 07:54 PM   #12
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What could be the possible cause of this incident?
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Old 29th November 2017, 08:13 PM   #13
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Should be the SRL plane. That Ultimo fitted plane really need to be scrapped asap
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Old 30th November 2017, 12:24 AM   #14
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99.99% reader would agree
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Old 30th November 2017, 01:05 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing 9V-SPL. First I'm glad to know no one got injured inside the plane. But I'm sure it can be repairable like SWB similarly did. At this time if they do decide to repair it what will really happen to the 2006 seats? I am sure they will remove them from the plane and not let it go to waste.
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