- A SIA plane caught fire while making emergency landing at Changi Airport in Singapore
- The plane was flying from Singapore to Italy, but was forced to turn back to Singapore due to engine trouble
- The 222 passengers and 19 crew members are all safe
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane caught fire after making an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Monday morning, June 27.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the SIA Flight SQ368, carrying 222 passengers and 19 crew members, departed Changi Airport for Milan, Italy at 2:05 a.m. on Monday. Two hours into the journey, the pilot announced that they are going back to Singapore because of engine trouble.
In a statement, SIA said the flight was forced to turn back to Singapore after an engine oil warning message.
One of the passengers, 43-year-old Lee Bee Yee, told reporters she detected a faint smell of petrol about two hours into the flight.
“The pilot then informed us there was a leak, and that the plane would have to turn back to Changi Airport as it did not have enough fuel for the journey,” she said.
All the passengers cheered and clapped as the plane made a successful emergency landing at Changi at 6:50 a.m., but seconds later the plane’s right engine bursts into flames.
Ms. Lee said all the passengers were frightened, but were told to remain in their seats and stay calm.
“I stood up, ready to run. But the announcement said to stay calm and to stay in your seats. Passengers were frightened, but there was no shouting and everyone was seated,” she narrated.
“The blaze was quite fierce and we waited for around two to three minutes before the fire engines arrived,” she added.
Firefighters sprayed foam and water on the burning right wing and the fire was put out 5 to 10 minutes later.
All passengers are safe and unhurt.