A Singapore Airlines flight on its way to Milan caught fire at Singapore’s Changi International Airport after it attempted an emergency landing on Monday morning, The Deccan Chronicle reports. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 ER had to turn around and return to Singapore nearly two hours after it took off from the same airport after the pilot noticed an engine oil related warning message, initial reports say.
While the actual circumstances in which the plane caught fire will be revealed only after an investigation, it is believed that the plane caught fire after it had landed at the airport. A harrowing video captured by a passenger who was on board the aircraft shows the moments after the aircraft caught fire has been uploaded to YouTube. We have embedded the video below.
Another video showing the aircraft from outside was also posted.
Several passengers also posted pictures of the fire. The incident was also discussed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. We have embedded a few tweets below.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines later confirmed that the there were 222 passengers and 19 crew members on board the aircraft when the incident occurred. The airline also released a statement later that read as follows.
“Flight SQ368, a Boeing 777-300ER operating from Singapore to Milan, returned to Singapore on 27 June following an engine oil warning message. 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. Passengers will be transferred to another aircraft which is expected to depart for Milan later today. Singapore Airlines will be co-operating fully with the authorities in their investigations.”
Singapore airlines also tweeted about the incident.
A passenger on board the aircraft described the incident as a “close to death”experience. Another passenger, identified as Lee Bee Yee posted a video to his Facebook account after the crash where he says “I just escaped death!”
He further added the following.
“Our Singapore Airline plane was leaking oil 3 hours flying off and the plane had to turned back. After reaching Changi Airport, as the plane was landing, the engine burst into flames!!!! Huge fire was burning! It was a heart wrenching 5 mins! Waiting for the fire engine and fire fighters to put out the fire! They shot foam and water into the fire and eventually it was put out! We were so close to death!! I thank God I am alive! I going home to hug my kids.”
His statement was, however, refuted by Singapore Airlines officials who said that the plane was one hour and 45 minutes into its flight when it was made to turn back.
The news of this Singapore Airlines flight catching fire comes a few months after we reported about another aircraft from the same airline which collapsed on the tarmac after its nose landing gear retracted while on the ground. The aircraft involved in that incident was a an Airbus A330-300. That incident happened when the aircraft was undergoing routine checks at the airport. There was a single aircraft engineer inside the plane when that incident occurred.