A passenger has described the extraordinary moment she “escaped death” after the aeroplane she was on caught fire upon its return to Changi Airport on Monday.
Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 was forced to land after an Engine Oil Warning message was displayed on the plane’s cockpit dashboard. There were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.
The Boeing 7770-300ER depart from Singapore’s Changi Airport bound for Milan on Monday but was forced to turn back after the cockpit display showed a malfunction with the plane’s oil supply system.
Passenger Lee Bee Yee, 43, wrote on Facebook: “Our Singapore Airline plane was leaking oil three hours [after taking] off and the plane had to turned (sic) back. After reaching Changi Airport, as the plane was landing, the engine burst into flames.”
In a statement, Singapore Airlines said: “The aircraft’s right engine caught fire after the aircraft touched down at Changi Airport at around 6:50am.
“Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus [and] will be transferred to another aircraft which is expected to depart for Milan later today.”
Ms. Yee claimed she “smelt gasoline” shortly after takeoff. “We were informed by the polite that there was a leak, and that the plane would have to return to the [airport] as it did not have enough fuel for the journey,” she told The Straights Times.
Once the passengers were disembarked, fire engines arrived and extinguished the fire. “They shot foam and water into the fire and eventually it was put out. We were so close to death.
“I thank God I am alive! I going home to hug my kids,” said Ms. Yee.