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Photostream : Qantas jumbo makes emergency landing in Singapore, after one of its four engines failed over western Indonesia

Indonesian police officers inspect parts of a Qantas jetliner that were found in the area, at the local police headquarters in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. The jetliner made an emergency landing Thursday in Singapore with 459 people aboard, after one of its four engines shut down over western Indonesia and following witness reports of a blast that sent debris hurtling to the ground. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Tundra Laksamana)

Indonesian police officers inspect parts of a Qantas jetliner that were found in the area, at the local police headquarters in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. The jetliner made an emergency landing Thursday in Singapore with 459 people aboard, after one of its four engines shut down over western Indonesia and following witness reports of a blast that sent debris hurtling to the ground. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Tundra Laksamana)

Indonesian police examine fallen debris from a Qantas jet collected from several areas on Batam island, an Indonesian territory near Singapore November 4, 2010. None of the passengers or crew aboard a Qantas jet was injured when the plane was forced to shut down one engine and make an emergency landing in Singapore, Australia's foreign ministry said on Thursday. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Stringer )

Indonesian police officers carry a part of a Qantas jetliner that was found in the area, at the local police headquarters in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. A Qantas jetliner made an emergency landing Thursday in Singapore with 459 people aboard, after one of its four engines shut down over western Indonesia and following witness reports of a blast that sent debris hurtling to the ground. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Tundra Laksamana)

In this image taken from TV, people look at debris found in Batam, Indonesia Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. A Qantas jetliner made an emergency landing Thursday in Singapore with 459 people aboard, after one of its four engines shut down over western Indonesia and following witness reports of a blast that sent debris hurtling to the ground. The airliner denied there had been any explosion, and said the plane landed safely with no injuries. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RTCI via APTN)

Airport policemen ask the media to leave the restricted area while passengers unboard a troubled Qantas Airbus A380 plane after an emergency landing at the Changi International airport in Singapore on November 4, 2010. The Qantas A380 made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore, trailing smoke from a damaged engine, in the first mid-air emergency involving the Airbus superjumbo. The double-decker plane, which had taken off from Singapore bound for Sydney carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew, dumped fuel over Indonesia before returning to the city-state's Changi Airport. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A troubled Qantas Airbus A380 plane seen after an emergency landing at the Changi International airport in Singapore on November 4, 2010. The troubled Qantas Airbus A380 plane made an emergency landing in Singapore with smoke coming out of its underside and was quickly surrounded by six fire engines (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulates Chile leader

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to Chile President Sebastian Pinera, congratulating him on the successful rescue of the 33 trapped miners. -- ST PHOTO: FRANCIS ONG PG

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October 15, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE STRAITSTIMES.COM) — PRIME Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong has written to Chile President Sebastian Pinera, congratulating him on the successful rescue of 33 miners trapped in a collapsed mine.

The miners’ gripping ordeal began on Aug 5 when a mine under Chile’s far northern Atacama desert caved in. The curtains fell on the two-month-long drama on Thursday when the last miner was safely pulled out, sending a world which had been holding its breath into outbursts of joy.

PM Lee also congratulated Mr Pinera for his ‘professional execution of an extremely difficult and riskyoperation’.

‘ This success would not have been possible without the Chilean government’s steady leadership and resolve,’ he wrote.

‘Many Singaporeans watching the rescue operations have been impressed by the spirit and resilience of the Chilean people.

‘ We share the joy and celebration of the Chilean people, and especially with the families of the rescued miners.

‘I wish all the rescued miners a speedy recovery to good health.’