SINGAPORE, Nov 29 — A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight bound for Paris was diverted to Dubai today due to an engine problem, resulting in a delay of more than 13 hours.
Flight SQ336, which departed from Singapore, was diverted “as a result of a technical issue with one of the aircraft’s four engines”, said the airline’s spokesperson. There were 311 passengers and 27 crew members on the flight.
It was originally scheduled to arrive in Paris at 7.10am (2.10pm, Singapore time) but instead arrived in Dubai at about 4.20am (8.20am, Singapore time).
“As engineers on ground require time to address the technical issue, a replacement aircraft is being deployed to Dubai to transport passengers to Paris,” added the spokesperson. The flight is estimated to depart Dubai at 4.20pm (8.20pm, Singapore time), and is expected to arrive in Paris at 8.40pm (3.40am, Nov 30, Singapore time), about 13-and-a-half hours behind schedule.
This latest incident comes on the back of another engine incident with SIA’s low cost airline Scoot.
On Saturday, passengers onboard Flight TZ001, from Sydney, heard a loud sound and saw sparks fly from the engine on the plane’s right wing, when they were about 40 minutes from Singapore, Reuters reported. The plane landed as scheduled without incident and fire services subsequently confirmed that there was no engine fire, Channel NewsAsia reported, quoting an airline spokesperson. The cause of the Scoot engine incident is under investigation. — TODAY