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Typhoon Rammasun causes SIA plane to hit aerobridge

Strong winds caused one Singapore Airlines aircraft parked at the Manila International Airport to "come into contact" with an aerobridge. No passengers or crew were on board at the time, the airline says.

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed that one of its aircraft parked at the Manila International Airport "came into contact" with an aerobridge due to strong winds from Typhoon Rammasun on Wednesday (July 16).

Responding to queries by Channel NewsAsia, a SIA spokesperson said: "There were no passengers or crew on board at that time and our engineers will assess the aircraft when weather conditions permit.

Alternative travel arrangements are being made for those who were affected as well. "Passengers who are booked on SQ915 for July 16 will be accommodated accordingly in order to minimise disruption to their travel plans," the spokesperson said.

Twitter user @raoulesperas posted an image, and stated that the left wing and engine of the plane were damaged though.

Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda, caused the Philippine capital to shut down on Wednesday, and authorities said the typhoon claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. Wind gusts of up to 250 kilometres an hour (km/h) were recorded, and intense rain affected those in the city as well as remote fishing villages after the typhoon blew in on Tuesday night. 

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