Qantas Grounds Six A380 Airbus Jets After Engine Failure in Singapore

November 4, 2010, By Alex Ion

An Airbus A380 operated by Qantas Airwas was forced to make an emergency landing back in Singapore after having mid-air engine problems shortly after taking off for Sydney.

All 440 passengers on board and the 26 crew members were brought back safely to the Changi International Airport, but not the same could be said about one of the plane’s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine, which presented extensive damage — as you can see in the footage showed by the Indonesian TV station.

According to aviation leading experts who commented the images of the engine’s casing, the damage suffered by Qantas flight 32 en route to Sydney was extremely rare and could have been potential life-threatening.

Peter Marosszeky from the University of NSW said “I rarely ever see a failure like this on any engine.”

According to the federal president of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, Paul Cousins, the incident may have been caused by an explosion triggered by a bird strike or extreme heating, which possibly lead to a turbine blade fracture.

The incident has forced Qantas Airways to ground all of their six Airbus A380 until further notice. Meanwhile investigators are trying to determine what may have caused all that trouble. And it looks like Qantas are keen on finding out what’s wrong. “We are being very cautious until we know exactly what caused this,” said airline CEO Alan Joyce.

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