Strong winds from Typhoon Rammasun cause SIA plane to hit aerobridge at Manila airport

The left wing of a Singapore Airlines passenger plane touches an aerobridge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The left wing of a Singapore Airlines passenger plane touches an aerobridge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The left wing of a Singapore Airlines passenger plane touches an aerobridge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The left wing of a Singapore Airlines passenger plane touches an aerobridge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The left wing of a Singapore Airlines passenger plane touches an aerobridge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The left wing of a Singapore Airlines passenger plane touches an aerobridge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane is grounded at Manila's international airport after it hit an aerobridge due to strong winds from the worst typhoon that has hit the country this year.

"There were no passengers or crew on board at that time and our engineers will assess the aircraft when weather conditions permit," SIA said on Wednesday.

It is believed that the left wing and engine were damaged.

Typhoon Rammasun has so far not affected the airline's flight schedules to and from Manila but passengers who were booked to fly out on the damaged aircraft will be offered alternative arrangements.

SIA will continue to monitor the situation closely and update customers accordingly, the airline said.

Locally known as Glenda, the typhoon has killed at least 17 people, prompted the evacuation of almost 150,000 people and shut down the Philippine capital.