Singapore Airlines flight 368, a Boeing 777 flying from Singapore to Milan, was two hours into the journey when its captain noticed an oil warning light forcing him to turn back, according to China Aviation Daily. The raging inferno which you see above is what happened to the plane after it landed.
That is, as we experts say, “not good.” It actually turned out okay, as all 241 people aboard escaped without injury. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look and sound scary as hell:
Passenger Lee Bee Yee, 43, told the Times she detected a faint whiff of what smelled like gasoline about two or three hours into the flight.
“The pilot subsequently informed us there was a leak, and that the plane would have to turn back to Changi Airport as it did not have enough fuel for the journey,” she said.
“We were sleeping and didn’t think too much about it,” she said.
After the plane landed in Singapore the passengers cheered and clapped. Then there was a spark and “huge flames” from the right side of the plane, she told Channel News Asia.
She said it took an “agonising” five to 10 minutes for emergency crews to put out the fire.
And this is what it looks like when a small slice of hell seems to be emanating from your airplane wing:
It’s a huge relief that everyone managed to escape unharmed. A big round of commendations is in order for the flight crew and the emergency responders, and even bigger round of applause has been earned by the airplane, which was very smart in waiting until it was safely on the ground before exploding into a massive inferno.
Congrats all around.