- Flight SQ368 of Singapore Airlines was flying to Milan from Singapore
- It went back to Changi Airport for an emergency landing; thereafter, the right wing of the plane catches fire
- Riders are just thankful that they survived on what they consider as near death experience
When Flight SQ368 was on its way to Milan, the pilot said that there was a leak, prompting him to turn back to Singapore’s airport for an emergency landing.
The plane left Singapore Monday, past 2:00 a.m. and arrived again in the same place at 6:50 a.m. Minutes later, the right wing of the plane caught fire.
One of the passengers recorded a video showing the inflamed wing of the plane.
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"I just escaped death!!!!" Facebook user Lee Bee Yee wrote in the same video post.
"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!" Lee posted.
For him, the incident "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’m going home to hug my kids," Lee added.
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The Singapore Airlines issued a statement and explained that the plane was en route Milan already when an engine oil warning gave them no choice but to go back to Singapore.
"The aircraft's right engine caught fire after the aircraft touched down at Changi Airport at around 6:50am," the statement wrote.
"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 added.
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SIA promised that it would "be cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigations" and the passengers will be boarding another plane to go to Milan later this day.
One passenger posted a harrowing account and a video of the engine fire on Facebook.
The 49-second video clip, apparently shot from a window seat, showed tongues of flame and smoke engulfing the right engine before they were put out. -HB, Kami Media
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