The world of aviation has not exactly been without mysterious incident in the past 18 months. Still, nothing could prepare the pilots of Singapore Airlines SQ-7108 for the events of October 26. Nothing at all.
Leaving from Sydney on route to Kuala Lumpur, the plane was somewhere north of Australia when the smoke alarms activated. Warning sirens trumpeted. Noxious gases had infiltrated the cabin; in an instant, the crew took stock of the situation, and diverted the plane to Bali, just squeaking to safety 45 minutes later.