Air China Flight Evacuates In Singapore After Engine Fire

by Anthony Losanno
Air China Fire

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An Air China flight was forced to perform an emergency landing and evacuation after its engine caught fire at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). Nine passengers sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Air China flight CA403 made an emergency landing en route from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU). One of the Airbus A320neo’s engines caught fire while descending towards Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). The cabin and cargo hold filled with smoke. The crew declared an emergency and thankfully the plane landed without further incident. The 146 passengers and nine crew members used emergency slides to exit the aircraft.

A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) commented:

Nine passengers sustained minor injuries related to smoke inhalation and abrasions during the evacuation process. One aircraft was diverted to Batam, Indonesia, during the period of the runway closure.”

The incident caused one runway to be closed for three hours. During that time, Scoot flight TR635 was diverted to Hang Nadim International Airport (BTH) in Batam, Indonesia.

Anthony’s Take: One thing that sticks out to me from the video above and other evacuations is how much stuff people take with them. It’s selfish to bring your carry-on bags, backpacks, and other luggage with you while evacuating a plane. Every second you take longer to fumble with bags is one that could be the difference in someone else getting injured or worse. Thankfully, injuries were minor and the plane was able to land without further incident.

(Featured Image Credit: @FATIIIAviation via Twitter/X.)

(H/T: Sam Chui.)

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