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Fire in left engine of Air China flight put out after emergency landing in Singapore

By Liang Shuang | | Updated: 2023-09-10 18:57
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All passengers and crew were safe after an Air China flight made an emergency evacuation on the runway after it landed in Singapore on Sunday afternoon following smoke in its front cargo hold and lavatory, the Singapore Changi Airport said.

The fire in its left engine had been put out, a statement from the airport said.

The flight, CA403, from Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in China's Sichuan province to Singapore, landed in Singapore at 4:15 pm, the airport said. The runway it had landed on has been temporarily closed.

The airport and Air China were providing assistance to the passengers.

Videos circulating online showed that passengers took the evacuation slides from the airplane after it had landed while the left engine was still on fire. Another video showed that the cabin was filled with smoke before the landing.

The cause of the smoke is under investigation.

According to flight tracking software Umetrip, the plane was an Airbus A320Neo, which can accommodate 158 passengers, with an aircraft age of 4 years. It took off from Chengdu at 11:30 am and was scheduled to land at 3:50 pm.

There were a total of 146 passengers and nine crew members on board, Air China said in a statement on Sunday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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