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Airbus A380 grounded by Quantas

Nov 5, 2010 2:14:26 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Australian National carrier Quantas grounded all Airbus A380 airplanes after an engine blew up on Thursday (4) November. It is still not clear why te engine blew and various theories ranging from fuel supply defects to engine failure are propounded.

The engine exploded shortly after takeoff and the plane had to make a hurried landing back in Singapore.

In a statement released by Qantas “In line with procedure, the pilot sought priority clearance for its return to Singapore. The aircraft landed safely at 11.45am local time. It also noted that some media reports suggested the aircraft had crashed. These reports are incorrect. No Qantas aircraft has crashed.

Due to the engine failure and the uncertainty of the rest of the A380 Qantas fleet, Qantas has taken action and have suspended all scheduled A380 takeoffs until further investigations have been done and they can commit to the high safety standards.

Qantas will be making a detailed investigation with the manufacturer Airbus and the engines manufacturer Rolls Royce.

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide body, four-engine airliner and is the the largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France, and made its first commercial flight on 25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.