Passengers on an Air China flight had been evacuated upon touchdown in Singapore after one of many plane’s engines caught hearth, resulting in a three-hour closure of Changi Airport on Sunday.
Movies on social media confirmed passengers evacuating the plane utilizing the emergency exit slide whereas darkish smoke billowed from the engine that was nonetheless on hearth. Different photos taken contained in the airplane confirmed a darkish cabin and the aisle blanketed in smoke.
All 146 passengers and 9 crew members safely evacuated after touchdown at about 4:15 p.m. native time, based on a press release from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
A hearth within the left engine was extinguished about 10 minutes later and 9 passengers sustained minor accidents associated to smoke inhalation and abrasions throughout evacuation, it stated.
Smoke was additionally detected within the entrance cargo maintain and a bathroom, Changi Airport stated in a put up on X, previously referred to as Twitter.
Air China stated in a press release on Weibo that flight CA403 was touring from China’s Chengdu Tianfu Airport to Singapore Changi Airport when smoke appeared within the cabin of the A320neo earlier than touchdown.
The service initially decided that the fireplace was attributable to a mechanical failure of the engine, and additional investigation is at the moment underway.
Final March, China confronted its worst air catastrophe in additional than a decade when a Boeing 737-800 China Jap Airways flight carrying 132 individuals left no survivors when it crashed whereas en route from Kunming to Guangzhou.