The Black Eagles crashed into the grass verge at the side of Runway 1 before catching fire.The Black Eagles crashed into the grass
An aircraft that was taking part in the Singapore Airshow caught fire following an accident at Changi Airport on Tuesday (Feb 6) afternoon.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that at around 1.24pm an aircraft from the Black Eagles aerobatic team from the Republic of Korea Air Force skidded and crashed into the grass verge at the side of Changi Airport's Runway 1 and caught fire.
The CAAS said that the aircraft was taking off for the flying display programme at the Singapore Airshow when the incident happened.
"The pilot sustained light injures and is being treated," CAAS added.
In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, Changi Aiport Group (CAG) said that Airport Emergency Service put out the fire.
Runway 1 is closed until further notice, CAG added.
CAG said in a subsequent update that "a number of departure and arrival flights will be delayed over the next few hours".
"Passengers are advised to check the latest flight information on changiairport.com or iChangi app. Our customer service teams are on ground to provide assistance if needed," said CAG.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused."
An eyewitness, 51-year-old Gerald Searle, was at the airport waiting for his flight to Australia when he saw the accident.
"I saw the plane spin sideways, flip over and then slide down the runway upside down," said Mr Searle. "It burst into flames, though most at the rear."