SINGAPORE, June 9 — A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane bound for Beijing with 292 people on board was grounded today after airport staff discovered a white substance in the cargo hold, the carrier said.
SIA said however that the substance found on the Boeing 777 was harmless. A replacement plane ferried the passengers to their destination.
“Ground staff at Singapore Changi Airport had discovered a white substance in the cargo hold of SQ806, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 with 276 passengers and 16 crew onboard,” SIA said in a statement.
The aircraft had been due to depart for Beijing at around 3.45pm local time (0745GMT).
“The relevant authorities were notified and after investigating, concluded that the substance was harmless,” it said, adding that the replacement aircraft departed at 7.20pm. — AFP