A Singapore Airlines flight to Milan caught fire early on Monday after returning to Singapore’s Changi airport following an engine oil warning message, but all passengers were safe, the airline and airport officials said. In this incident 222 passengers or the 19 crew aboard the plane en route to Milan was injured in the flight fire.
Singapore Airlines flight catches fire during emergency landing.
SIA said in a statement Flight SQ368 was en route from Singapore to Milan when an engine oil warning message forced it to turn back to the city-state.
“The aircraft’s right engine caught fire after the aircraft touched down at Changi Airport at around 6:50am.”
“The fire was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board. Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus.”
One passenger, Ms Lee Bee Yee, 43, told the paper that she detected the smell of something like fuel about two or three hours into the flight.
“We were informed by the pilot that there was a leak, and that the plane would have to return to Changi Airport as it did not have enough fuel for the journey,” Ms Lee told media.
According to Ms Lee, the plane’s right wing caught fire shortly after it landed back at Changi Airport around 6.45am. The blaze was quite fierce and we waited for around two to three minutes before the fire engines arrived. Surprisingly, all the passengers were quite calm. The SQ crew was very professional in calming everyone down.”
Video of burning plane and black smoke billowing from the runway has been posted to social media by witnesses at the airport.