How Singapore’s ‘no-fly zone’ may have saved lives
A Singapore Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a runway because the engine was overheating and was being tested.
The flight from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Hong Kong had been delayed due to a lack of fuel and it was only when the plane touched down at Singapore’s main terminal that the problem was noticed.
A Singapore Airlines spokeswoman told reporters that the engine of the Boeing 777 engine failed, so it was not yet clear how it happened.
However, it is thought that a piece of debris fell from the plane onto the runway and damaged the fuel system.
When the plane landed, the fuel tank had burst into flames, but luckily no one was injured.
“It is not yet known how the engine broke down, but it is likely that the fuel supply for the engine failed and the fuel leaked,” the spokeswoman said.
Singapore Airlines said the plane’s landing gear was not damaged, but the fuel was still leaking, so the airline decided to try and repair the engine before re-entering the flight.
In the meantime, the flight was diverted to another Singapore airport, Pudong.
More to come.