Emergency slide deployed as SIA plane departs gate

The SIA flight to Melbourne, due to leave at 7.45pm yesterday, left at 9.30pm after a replacement jet was deployed. No injuries were reported.
The SIA flight to Melbourne, due to leave at 7.45pm yesterday, left at 9.30pm after a replacement jet was deployed. No injuries were reported.PHOTO: ST READER

A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight to Melbourne was leaving the gate at Changi Airport yesterday when an emergency slide was suddenly deployed.

A passenger on flight SQ247 told The Straits Times that he heard a bang as the plane was moving.

"There was a huge bang and sound of wind gushing. The plane then stopped accelerating and stayed on the tarmac. They temporarily closed the door and headed back to the gate and are now changing the plane."

Checks online show that the flight was originally scheduled to depart around 7.45pm.

When contacted by The Straits Times, an SIA spokesman said the Boeing 777 was being "pushed back" for departure from the gate when the evacuation slide was "unexpectedly deployed".

"A replacement aircraft will be deployed for the flight. It is scheduled to depart at 9.30pm (Singapore time).

"We are looking into the cause of the slide deployment," said the spokesman.

He added that there were 243 passengers and 13 crew on board and that there were no injuries.

Tan Tam Mei

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Emergency slide deployed as SIA plane departs gate'. Print Edition | Subscribe