A Singapore Airlines plane caught fire in the early hours of Monday as it touched down at Changi Airport en route to Milan.
The airline confirmed in an official statement that flight SQ368’s engine caught fire following an oil warning message, adding that its 222 passengers and 19 crewmembers were safe.
The Boeing 777 aircraft was met with emergency personnel as it landed at Changi Airport’s Runway 2, which was back in operation hours after the dramatic rescue.
In a statement posted across its official social media channels, Singapore Airlines stated: “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 [Singapore time]. The fire was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.”
The airline further stated that passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus and would be transferred to another aircraft bound for Milan later in the day.
Singapore Airlines will be co-operating fully with the authorities in their investigations.
Singapore’s Changi Airport authority also issued a statement, confirming the same, adding: “The flight had departed from Changi earlier at about 2.25am.
“When the aircraft landed at Changi Airport Runway 2, the engine caught fire but it was extinguished within minutes by the Airport Emergency Service team which was already on standby.”
Passengers on board the aircraft revealed harrowing tales of watch their aircraft engulfed in flames, with one Lee Bee Yee posting footage of the plane in a video posted on Facebook.
The video clip, which appeared to be filmed from a window seat in the aircraft, shows dramatic footage of flames and smoke engulfing the right engine and the wing before being put out by emergency personnel.
News wire AP quoted Lee Bee Yee’s accompanying post, which stated: “I just escaped death!!!!”
“Our Singapore Airline plane was leaking oil three 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!”
According to Changi Airport authority, the affected aircraft has been towed away and Runway 2 is now operational.