27 June 2016
Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 carrying 241 people from Changi, Singapore to Milan, Italy went up in flames early Monday around 6:50 a.m. after it was forced to make an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport two hours into its flight.
Singapore Airline said that the plane’s right engine caught fire following an engine oil warning message. The right engine and wing were ablaze, with flames engulfing the right side of the jet.
No one aboard the Boeing 777-300ER was injured as the passengers were disembarked through emergency gangway and were transported to the terminal building by a bus.
They, however, had to wait several agonising minutes while emergency services sped over to the plane and doused the flames with water and foam.
One of the passengers told the BBC that no one panicked but the five to ten minutes wait as the fire was put out was “quite scary.”
“The firefighters made sure it was really safe so we were able to walk down the steps, we were even able to collect our luggage,” he said, adding that he only realised he “escaped death” during the bus ride to the terminal.
In a statement, the airlines operator said: “Singapore Airlines will be co-operating fully with the authorities in their investigations.”
Singapore Airlines has had only one accident resulting in fatalities when a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles crashed into construction equipment after attempting to take off on the wrong runway during a typhoon in 2000.
The crash killed 83 of the 179 people on board.