A Singapore Airlines plane burst into flame on landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport, with an engine blazing fiercely as fire engines battled to bring the blaze under control.
The intensity of the fire can be gauged from the clip below, which appears to have been shot by workers at Changi.
The aircraft’s right engine caught fire after the plane, a B777-300ER, touched down yesterday morning. It had turned back on a flight to Milan after flight crew detected an engine problem.
Fire trucks can be seen pumping huge jets of fire retardant at the engine, first from the front and then from the rear as well. The fire blazes on intensely, with great clouds of billowing smoke rising until emergency services finally gain control and extinguish the flames. Photos indicate much of the starboard wing was on fire.
The 222 passengers and 19 crew aboard all passed through the ordeal uninjured.
“Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus,” a statement from the airline said. “Passengers will be transferred to another aircraft, which is expected to depart for Milan later today.”
“I just escaped death,” Facebook user Lee Bee Yee said in a post accompanying a video of the burning wing, quoted by ABC News.
“Our Singapore Airlines plane was leaking oil … After reaching Changi Airport, as the plane was landing, the engine burst into flames! Huge fire was burning!” Ms Lee wrote.
“It was a heart-wrenching five 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!’
Experts said the SIA pilots had acted correctly by turning back as soon as they detected the problem, dumping fuel and landing safely.
Written by Peter Needham