Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

Passengers, crew evacuated safely

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 241 passengers and crew has caught fire at Changi Airport, but everybody was evacuated safely.

The 777-300ER had left for Milan when an engine oil warning forced it to turn around. It touched down shortly before 7am local time, and while on the runway, the fire started.

Emergency crews extinguished the fire, and the airline told Bloomberg they were disembarked via the stairs, and taken to the terminal on an airport bus.

Bloomberg adds that the 777 has a good safety record: only five have been lost, two of them while on the tarmac, and one to the suspected Russian missile that took out Malaysia Airlines MH 17.

The airline's Tweet-stream reassured people that everybody was accounted for.

Inevitably, the fire was captured by camera-phones and posted to YouTube, below. ®

Youtube Video

Youtube Video


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