Crashed BA 777 and SIA A380 turn up on Google Earth

British Airways may have dismantled the Boeing 777-200ER which crashed at London Heathrow in January last year but the aircraft features in the latest update to Google Earth. It’s shown de-identified, with its vertical fin detached, just north of the runway 27L threshold – the scene of the accident – with the damage to its wings and engines clearly visible.


This recent survey of Heathrow also shows a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 parked at stand 301, on the southern side of the airport, with boarding bridges docked to its upper and lower decks.


3 Responses to Crashed BA 777 and SIA A380 turn up on Google Earth

  1. aeropiggot 25 May, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Why would they detach the vertical tail? Could Airbus be looking at Boeing composite tail design to benchmark against the A350 baseline?

  2. Daniel Hill 18 January, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Aeropiggot, it may have been removed to allow it to be pulled into a hangar which doesn’t normally accommodate such a large aircraft.

  3. Howard Chiu 9 February, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    If the plane is just north of 27L then the tail needs to be removed promptly so that the airplane does not pose a height restriction to the glidepath.

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