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Video: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 wing catches fire after landing. All safe.

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 9V-SWB was performing flight SQ368 from Singapore Changi to Milan Malpensa, Italy. The flight departed Changi at around 2:25am local (18:25Z -1, 23:55IST -1) with 222 passengers and 19 crew. The flight was flying up the west coast of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. About two hours in to the flight, while at FL300 (30,000ft AMSL), over the Andaman Sea near Phuket, Thailand, the crew received an oil warning indication for the number 2 (right hand) GE90-115B engine. The crew decided to return to Singapore and reduced altitude to FL170.

About 06:48 local, as the crew landed the aircraft safely on runway 20 centre, the right hand engine and wing caught fire. The ARFF (aircraft rescue and fire fighting force) responded and extinguished the fire. The aircraft sustained significant damage as the videos show.

After bringing the situation under control, the passengers were disembarked on the taxiway via stairs and ferried to the terminal by bus. They were flown to Milan on a replacement flight which reached with a delay of about nine hours.

The videos below show the view from inside and outside. From the inside the situation definitely looks horrifying, but the external view shows how quickly the ARFF responds and brings the situation under control. Global safety standards specify that ARFF teams must reach an aircraft on the runway / taxiway in less than two minutes. Read our reference article on the ARFF.

External view of Singapore Airlines SQ368 fire

Passenger view

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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