Singapore – A Singapore Airlines plane that was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine problems caught fire on a runway in Singapore early on Monday, the airline said in a statement.
The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft had departed Singapore’s Changi Airport around 2:05 am on Monday for Milan, but was forced to turn around after the pilot detected an engine problem during the flight.
A gasoline-like smell could be detected in the cabin, passenger Lee Bee-Yee said.
“The pilot then informed us there was a leak and that the plane would have to turn back to Changi Airport as it did not have enough fuel for the journey,” Lee said.
“The right engine caught fire after touchdown at about 6:50 am.
“The blaze on the runway was quite fierce and we waited for around two or three minutes before the fire engines arrived,” Lee said.
The fire was put out by emergency services at the airport, and no injuries were reported among the 222 passengers and 19 crew members on board, the airline said in a statement. (dpa/NAN)