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Plane burst into flames on Runway

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 burst into flames on a runway at Singapore’s main airport Monday after making an emergency landing. None of the 222 passengers and 19 crew members were injured, the aircraft’s owner Singapore Airlines said.

 

A plane burst into flames on a runway at Singapore’s main airport Monday after making an emergency landing.

None of the 222 passengers and 19 crew members were injured, the aircraft’s owner Singapore Airlines said.

The plane, a Boeing 777, was flying to Milan in Italy when it was forced to return to Singapore due to an engine oil warning message. The aircraft’s right engine caught fire after it landed at Changi Airport at about 6.50 a.m. local time, the airline said.

Lee Bee Yee, 43, a passenger, revealed that she detected something that smelled like gasoline two or three hours into the flight.

“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,” she said. She said the aircraft landed to cheers from passengers, before the right wing caught fire.

“The blaze was quite fierce and we waited for around two to three minutes before the fire engines arrived,” she said.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze. Singapore Airlines said the passengers disembarked safely and were scheduled to be put on another flight to Milan later Monday.

 

Original Article: USA TODAY

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