A Singapore Airlines plane with 222 passengers and 19 crew members on board had to make an emergency landing at the Changi airport after it received multiple “engine oil warning” messages.
The flight SQ368 took off from the Changi airport in Singapore en route to Milan, Italy, but two hours into the flight it had to return because of the emergency warning. Soon after the plane touched down at the airport, the right engine of the aircraft caught fire, leaving passengers terrified.
JUST IN: Singapore Airlines plane reportedly catches fire at Changi Airport. pic.twitter.com/BMLll2LlRX— Airplane Pictures ?? (@iLove_Aviation) June 27, 2016
Flt SQ368, a B7300ER opting SIN-MXP returned to S'pore on 27Jun due to an engine oil warning message. The aircraft right engine caught 1/3— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) June 27, 2016
Emergency crews took over the situation as they extinguished the fire and disembarked passengers via the stairs.
fire after it touched down at ard 6.50am. The fire was put out by airport emex svcs & no injuries to the 222 pax + 19 crew on board. 2/3— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) June 27, 2016
They were moved to the terminal building by bus, and then put onto another aircraft, which is set to leave for Milan the same day.
Pax disembarked safely & will be trsf to another aircraft which is expected to depart for MXP later tdy. SQ is working with authorities 3/3— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) June 27, 2016
Lee Bee Yee, a passenger on board the flight with her husband, filmed a video of the fire and posted it to Facebook.
“The pilot said he was going to turn back because the engine is leaking oil on the right side. The captain said that they cannot turn on that side of the engine or else the plane will be vibrating. And they can’t fly like this to Milan…That’s why they turned back,” she said.
“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!!,” Yee added.
Needless to say, passengers who were onboard the flight likely will remain scarred for life from the experience, but they were indeed fortunate to get away unharmed.
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