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Fire damage apparent on SIA 777 wing

The right wing of the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that caught fire after landing on the morning of 27 June appears to have suffered substantial burn damage to its trailing-edge surfaces.

Images of the aircraft (9V-SWB) show its right side aileron, flaperon, and flaps blackened by fire. The bottom portion of the aircraft’s right-side General Electric GE90 engine cowling is also black.

The fuselage near the wing root, however, appears untouched by flames.

Video footage shot externally shows that that after the aircraft stopped, the prevailing wind blew the flames and billowing black smoke away from the cabin.

Emergency vehicles quickly converged on the burning jet. It took fire crews over 2min to bring the flames under control.

Footage shot by passengers through aircraft windows fore and aft of the wing shows flames licking along the length of the wing, and the aircraft being doused with fire-retardant foam.

Audio suggests there was no panic inside the cabin during the fire. Local media reports indicate that some passengers were collecting their bags from the overhead bins and demanding to be let off the jet.

All 222 passengers and 19 crew were later deplaned via stairs from the left side, with no injuries suffered. Passengers later boarded a replacement aircraft and resumed their journey.

The incident occurred following a turnback related to an engine oil warning, says SIA. In its statement about the incident, the airline says the aircraft’s right engine "caught fire after the aircraft touched down”. The aircraft had been operating flight SQ368 to Milan.

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