Fire Damages Boeing 777 in Singapore

A Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire moments after making an emergency landing at Changi Airport in Singapore. YouTube/Matrix News

It was a dramatic scene on the tarmac at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Monday when a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 caught fire moments after making an emergency landing.

All 241 people on board the jetliner evacuated safely shortly after firefighters battled the blaze, which started near the right engine before growing out of control and engulfing much of the airplane.

Officials say Flight SQ368, a Boeing 777-300ER, took off from Changi Airport around 2:25 a.m. on June 27 carrying 222 passengers and 19 crew. The flight was scheduled to arrive in Milan at 8:45 a.m. local time, but two hours into the flight an engine oil warning forced the crew to turn back.

On landing in Singapore, the 777 burst into flames near its right-side GE90 engine. According to statements by Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport, the fire was extinguished within minutes. The cause is under investigation.

The engine of a British Airways Boeing 777 caught fire on the runway in Las Vegas last September. That incident was traced to a problem with the left GE90 engine.

Check out video from the incident below.


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