Near miss at Changi Airport

Near miss at Changi Airport

SINGAPORE - Their job is to pick up debris on airport runways: Rags, dead birds - any foreign object that should not be there, so planes can land safely.

But last week, two airport maintenance personnel were in a van parked on the runway when a Singapore Airlines plane landed, said Changi Airport Group (CAG).

The plane's wing tip narrowly missed the van.

The runway incursion is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) at the Ministry of Transport.

Last Thursday, just after 11am, SQ001 was approaching Changi Airport.

An SIA spokesman said the Boeing 777- 300ER plane with 194 passengers and 15 crew members on board was landing after flying from Hong Kong.

At that point, a yellow maintenance van had entered the runway, with two people inside.

The van was taking personnel to the runways to clear debris.

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