Last updated: 10:08 AM ET, Mon June 27 2016

Singapore Airlines Plane Catches Fire After Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 27, 2016

Singapore Airlines Plane Catches Fire After Emergency Landing

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On Monday, a Singapore Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after encountering an engine problem that caused the wing of the aircraft to burst into flames.

According to, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 was two hours into its flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Milan, Italy, when an engine oil warning message went on in the cockpit of the plane.

The engine oil light prompted the captain to call for an emergency landing back at the Singapore airport. As the Boeing 777 made its landing at the facility, the engine on the right side of the plane exploded into flames. Emergency crews quickly arrived at the scene and put out the fire.

“We were so close to death! I am still in the plane with all passengers,” passenger Lee Bee Yee told the local media. “But I think we are safe for now. We were informed by the pilot that there was a leak, and that the plane would have to return to Changi Airport as it did not have enough fuel for the journey. The blaze was quite fierce and we waited for around two to three minutes before the fire engines arrived.”

There were 241 passengers and crew onboard at the time of the incident, and there were no reported injuries as everyone was safely taken off the plane. The passengers were transferred to another aircraft bound for Milan later on Monday.

Singapore Airlines is working with aviation investigators to understand how and why this incident occurred.


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