4-Nov-2010 4:33 PM

Qantas A380 experiences engine issues

Qantas stated (04-Nov-2010) a Qantas A380 operating QF32 from Singapore to Sydney experienced an engine issue soon after take-off and returned to Singapore. The aircraft had Rolls-Royce engines. In line with procedure, the pilot sought priority clearance for its return to Singapore. The carrier also denied reports that the aircraft had crashed. The aircraft had 433 passengers and 26 crew on board. The carrier added that it has grounded its A380 fleet and will keep the aircraft out of service for "as long as it takes" following the incident with the carrier remaining unclear on what caused the problem (Bloomberg/DPA, 04-Nov-2010). The carrier has six A380s, with another 14 on order. France’s BEA Aviation Safety Authority and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch will join a probe led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Rolls Royce stated it would investigate the incident and cooperate with Airbus, Qantas and authorities, and urged other airlines that operate Trent 900 engines to conduct precautionary checks. [more]

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