Singapore Airshow plane crashes and bursts into flames, delaying around 170 flights

Singapore Airshow plane crashes and bursts into flames, delaying around 170 flights

The plane was part of the Black Eagles aerobatic team

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

An aircraft which was part of the Singapore Airshow delayed around 170 flights after it went up in flames at Changi Airport today (February 6).

The plane was part of the Republic of Korea Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.

It skidded and hit a grass verge at the side of a runway at the airport and set alight, according to Channel News Asia.

CAAS reported that it had been about to take off for Singapore Airshow as part of the flight display.

It also stated that the pilot suffered minor injuries. Changi Airport Group said he was treated before being discharged from medical facilities at the airport.

A commercial passenger who witnessed the crash said "I saw the plane spin sideways, flip over and then slide down the runway upside down. It burst into flames, though most at the rear."

Changi Airport Group said the fire on the plane was controlled and put out by the services at the airport.

The runway was closed for the majority of the afternoon, leaving just one runway in operation. However it reopened at around 7pm local time.

This resulted in 170 flights being delayed for an hour or more and some facing delays of up to three hours.

Watch a video of the incident below 

 

 

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