Qantas Airbus Engine Failure Over Indonesia

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This is a bad start for the double-decker Airbus A380, the world’s largest and latest airliner.

Qantas has stopped operations for its Airbus A380 after one of its planes had its engines blown out on Thursday. There were shooting flames and large metal chunks coming out from the plane that forced the pilot to have an emergency landing in Singapore. The flight QF34 had 459 passengers on board and looked horrible after it had landed.

The engine closest to the left wing has visible burn marks and a section of its plate was missing. The upper part of the left wing was damaged too. It was such a wreck, no wonder Qantas had to cancel all Airbus A380 flights.

The passengers recounted that they departed from Singapore at 9:56pm and were just on-air for 15 minutes when the explosion happened that startled everyone. One of the passengers, Rosemary Hegardy, 60 from Sydney saw yellow flames from her window. “There were flames – yellow flames came out, and debris came off. … You could see black things shooting through the smoke, like bits of debris,”

Despite the explosion, the good thing about the incident was the crew remained calm and the captain thoroughly explained what happened and that they needed to dump some fuel before landing back in Singapore. The way the crew handled the situation could be the reason why nobody panicked onboard. They were able to land after1 hour and 50 minutes.

After landing the 433 passengers and the 26 crews were evacuated using a step ladder. Fortunately, no one was hurt and no explosions happened inside the plane.

The spokeswoman of Qantas, Emma Kearns from Sydney said that there was an engine failure, something they never expected and the airlines will look into the matter. The debris from the plane were picked up by residents in Indonesia and brought to the police for further investigation.

For now, there are no further announcements as to when operations in Qantas Airbus A380 will be back, but don’t expect to get any ride from the Airbus soon. It looks like this “engine failure” had Qantas worried about their airbuses.

(image credit: bbc.co.uk)

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