Monday, 27 June 2016
Narrow escape for 240 passengers as Singapore Airlines jet catches fire
Over 240 people on board a Singapore Airlines flight on Monday had a narrow escape as their jet caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport here after it turned back en route to Milan following an engine oil warning message but they were safely evacuated.The SingaporeAirlines Flight SQ368 departed from Changi Airport for Milan at 2.05am on Monday but about two hours into the flight, the pilot announced that there was a problem in the engine and the flight had to turn back to Singapore.The SIA said in a statement that flight SQ368 was en route from Singapore to Milan when an "engine oil warning message" forced it to turn back."The aircraft's right engine caught fire after the aircraft touched down at Changi Airport at around 6:50am," the statement said."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," it said.Changi Airport also issued a statement saying that the fire was extinguished "within minutes" by the Airport Emergency Service team, which was already on standby.According to Mamta Jain, whose husband was on board the flight, the plane's engine "exploded and the right wing was burning" while it was landing.