Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan turned back to Singapore two hours into journey after reported engine problem

A plane carrying 241 people has caught fire as it made an emergency landing at Singapores Changi Airport.

Passenger on Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 from Changi Airport to Milan said they clapped as the jet made what appeared to be a smooth emergency landing. But seconds later, the right engine and wing were ablaze, with flames engulfing the right side of the jet.

No one was injured aboard the Boeing 777-300ER but the 222 passengers and 19 crew had to wait on board for several agonising minutes while emergency services sped over to the plane and doused it with water and foam.

dilah (@aDiLahLovatics) June 27, 2016

airplane caught on fire at changi airport runway. pic.twitter.com/JJpx4KVV1Z

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!! wrote passenger Lee Bee Yee on Facebook.

I just escaped death! … Huge fire was burning! she added in comments under a 49-second video clip, shot from a wing seat of the flames and smoke on the wing before it is put out. Foam slips down the small oval window.

I thank God I am alive! I going home to hug my kids, she added.

Video of the burning plane.

The plane was about two hours into the flight when it turned back, touching down at 6:50am.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the planes right engine caught fire following an engine oil warning message.

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, the statement added.

Singapore Airlines will be co-operating fully with the authorities in their investigations.

Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) June 27, 2016

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

Another passenger, called Chuan, told the BBC that no one panicked but the five to ten minute wait as the fire was put out was quite scary.

The firefighters made sure it was really safe so we were able to walk down the steps, we were even able to collect our luggage, he said, adding that he only realised he escaped death during the bus ride to the terminal.

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Map showing flight path of Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 following its departure from Changi airport in Singapore on Monday 27 June, 2016. Photograph: Flightaware.com

Mamta Jain, whose husband was onboard the flight, told Channel News Asia that the planes engine exploded and the right wing was burning while it was landing.

The pilot announced during the flight there was a problem with one of the engines that they would turn back. When they landed he said engine was on fire, he could see flames. They were all inside the plane and they could see the right wing burning, she said.

Video of black smoke billowing up from the runway was posted to Twitter by witnesses inside the airport.

John Luel (@John_Luel) June 26, 2016

Hopefully the people on that plane are okay #changi #plane #fire pic.twitter.com/csaqJnQBsF

Photos taken of the plane after the fire was extinguished showed the wing mangled and blackened from the flames.

Singapore Airlines has had only one accident resulting in fatalities when a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles crashed into construction equipment after attempting to take off on the wrong runway during a typhoon in 2000. The crash killed 83 of the 179 people on board.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/27/singapore-airlines-plane-catches-fire-while-making-emergency-landing

Singapore Airlines plane catches fire while making emergency landing
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