In a heart-pounding mid-air ordeal, sheer terror took hold of an Air China flight en route to Singapore as one of its engines burst into flames during descent, shrouding the entire cabin in thick smoke. An urgent emergency evacuation unfolded, with 146 passengers and nine crew members making a daring escape.
The harrowing incident unfolded around 4:15 PM local time as Air China flight CA403 suddenly became engulfed in smoke emanating from the forward cargo hold and lavatories. Thankfully, swift action by airport personnel ensured the safe evacuation of everyone on board.
A viral video circulating on social media captures the raw fear of passengers as the cabin crew issued crucial instructions to navigate the perilous situation. Only through the heroic efforts of the crew and the swift response of airport authorities was the inferno in the left engine finally brought under control after landing.
An eyewitness account on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo described the nightmare as it played out during the descent, keeping passengers in a state of dread for a seemingly interminable 40 minutes. Air China has reported that Singapore’s Changi Airport also activated its emergency protocols in response to this tragic event.
Further online footage reveals courageous passengers sliding down emergency chutes to flee the perilous aircraft. In the wake of this incident, Changi Airport’s Runway 3 will remain temporarily closed, causing inevitable disruptions to flight operations, according to reports from the Global Times.
In the blink of an eye, what began as an exhilarating flight to Singapore turned into a nightmare that tested the mettle of those on board while showcasing the remarkable composure of the crew and the indomitable spirit of passengers in the face of imminent danger.