Singapore Airlines plane burst into flames on the runway while making emergency landing

, 11:08 AM IST

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines plane SQ368 caught on fire at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Monday following an engine oil warning message. The plane was carrying 241 people, but all passengers were safe, an airport officials said.

The plane’s wing burst into flames soon after the aircraft touched down. A passenger described the incident as a “near death” experience and said. “The blaze was quite fierce and we waited for around two to three minutes before the fire engines arrived.”

Lee Bee Yee one of the passenger wrote on Facebook. “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!!”

“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.

A Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) said in a statement that. “The aircraft’s right engine caught fire after the aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, touched down at Changi airport at around 6:50 am (2250 GMT). Emergency services put out the fire and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.”

The statement further added.“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.”