June 27, 2016 – Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368, carrying 241 people has caught fire while making its emergency landing at Changi Airport in Singapore.
Passengers on the plane, which was bound to Milan, said they clapped thinking that the jet has made a successful and smooth emergency landing. However, seconds later, the right wing where the engine is nearly located went ablaze with flames gradually engulfing the right area of the plane.
The 19 plane crew and 222 passengers aboard the Boeing 777-300ER safe and sound but they had to be kept on board for several terrifying minutes while emergency services immediately responded to the jet and doused it with foam and water.
The plane touched down at 6:50 am after 2 hours into the flight. Singapore Airlines said in a statement that the right engine of the plane caught fire following a warning message. “Passengers were disembarked through stairs and transported to building of the terminal by bus. They will be transferred to another plane bound to Milan later today. Singapore Airlines will be fully cooperating with the investigations of the authorities,” the statement added.
Chuan, one of the passengers, said that no one horribly panicked but the 5 to 10 minutes wait for the fire to be put out was really scary. According to him, the firefighters responded immediately and they made sure the passengers can walk down the steps and collect their luggage safely. Most of them realized that they were able to escape death during their bus ride to the terminal.