An Air China flight made an emergency landing in Singapore on Sunday after its left engine caught fire, leaving nine of the 155 people on board with minor injuries, authorities said.
Flight CA403 from the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu “encountered smoke in the forward cargo hold and lavatory” while en route to the city-state, Changi Airport said in a statement on Facebook.
The plane landed around 4:15 p.m. (0815 GMT) and “all passengers and crew were safely evacuated,” the statement said.
“The fire in the left engine has been extinguished,” it said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said there were 146 passengers and nine crew members on board.
“Nine passengers suffered minor injuries due to smoke inhalation and abrasions during the evacuation process. They have since been cared for,” the report said.
A video clip posted to X, formerly Twitter, showed passengers exiting the apparently stricken plane via an emergency slide on the tarmac.
Pratt & Whitney engine on fire, Air China flight evacuated on Singapore runway.
CA403 TFU-SIN screeching 7700 shortly before landing at Singapore due to PW1100G engine fire. Heavy smoke in the cabin, crew evacuated the aircraft on the runway.
The aircraft is a 4 year old A320neo B-305J. pic.twitter.com/CHBTPt8Du2
— FATIII Aviation (@FATIIIAviation) September 10, 2023
The runway was briefly closed and one plane was diverted to the nearby island of Batam in Indonesia, CAAS said.
It said the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau was investigating the incident and had contacted its Chinese counterpart to assist.
Air China did not immediately respond to a query from AFP.
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