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Tow tug catches fire while towing SIA plane at Changi Airport

SINGAPORE – A tow tug caught fire as it was towing an empty Singapore Airlines (SIA) aeroplane to a departure gate at Changi Airport around 4am on Wednesday (Nov 29).

Tow tug catches fire while towing SIA plane at Changi Airport

A tow tug caught fire as it was towing a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 to a departure gate at Changi Airport. Photos: Social media

SINGAPORE – A tow tug caught fire as it was towing an empty Singapore Airlines (SIA) aeroplane to a departure gate at Changi Airport around 4am on Wednesday (Nov 29).

An SIA spokesperson said there were no passengers on board the aircraft at the time. One member of the towing crew who was in the cockpit of the Boeing 777-200 at the time of the incident was evacuated through an emergency slide.

Photos and videos of the fire were circulating on social media on Wednesday. In an 18-second video, black smoke can be seen emitting within the airport premises, while another photo showed the SIA plane covered in black soot.

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“There were no injuries and the fire was put out by Airport Emergency Services,” added the spokesperson. “Singapore Airlines will work closely with the authorities as well as SIA Engineering Company to investigate the incident.”

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