05/16/2011 08:13 am ET Updated Jul 16, 2011

Cathay Pacific Emergency Landing: Pilot Thanks Passengers For 'Staying Calm' (VIDEO)

The engine of a Cathay Pacific plane caught fire during flight on Monday, forcing a harrowing emergency landing in Singapore, the Associated Press reports.

The flight, en route from Singapore to Jakarta, was forced to turn around following the blaze.

A Reuters photographer was aboard the flight with his family. He told the news organization that roughly 20 minutes after takeoff there were "two sharp bangs".

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