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Old November 3rd, 2010, 06:24 PM   #2181
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Vrooms, where was the third picture made? LH, AF A380, IB A346...
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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:40 AM   #2183
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Qantas A380 Lands Safely in Singapore After Engine Failure
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By Rob Fenner and Bernie Moestafa - Nov 4, 2010

A Qantas Airways Ltd. Airbus SAS A380 returned to Singapore after suffering an engine failure.

Flight QF32, which was headed to Sydney with 433 passengers and 26 crew onboard, landed at 11:45 a.m., the carrier said in a statement today. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the problem with engine No. 2, spokeswoman Sophia Connelly said by phone.

The plane took off from the city-state and an explosion occurred while it was flying over Indonesia’s Batam island, Bambang Ervan, a spokesman at the Indonesian transport ministry, said by telephone from Jakarta. Reports earlier said that the plane had crashed.

A spokesperson at Singapore’s Changi Airport said they weren’t immediately able to comment.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:09 AM   #2184
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Troubled Qantas plane lands in Singapore
Posted: 04 November 2010

SINGAPORE - A Qantas A380 superjumbo made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore Thursday after experiencing engine trouble over Indonesia, in the first mid-air emergency involving the giant Airbus plane.

The double-decker plane, which had taken off from Singapore bound for Sydney carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew members, dumped fuel over Indonesia before returning to the city-state's Changi Airport trailing smoke.

A Changi Airport Group spokesperson said the troubled Qantas plane turned back to Changi "for technical reasons".

The A380 Qantas flight, QF 32, bound for Sydney, Australia, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0956 hours on Thursday.

But it experienced engine trouble over Batam Indonesia and circled around for an emergency landing.

It landed safely at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 at 11.46am Singapore time.

Six fire engines swarmed the A380 on landing, spraying liquid on it, according to an AFP reporter.

One of the engines on the left wing looked to be missing, and the area around it was black, the reporter said.

The Australian government said no passengers or crew were injured in the plane incident.

"The flight has landed safely at Changi Airport and there are no passengers or crew injured," a foreign department statement said.

Plane debris including what appeared to be part of the tail of a Qantas jet was found in the Indonesian town of Batam, after a mid-air explosion was heard on the ground.

"I didn't see a plane crash but I heard a loud explosion in the air. There were metal shards coming down from the sky into an industrial area in Batam," witness Noor Kanwa told AFP.

A spokesman for Australia's Qantas Airways said the plane was carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Qantas, which has never suffered a fatal crash in its 90-year history, said earlier there had "definitely" not been a crash involving one of its planes over Indonesia.

The A380's very first commercial flight operated by Singapore Airlines was on the same Singapore-Sydney route in October 2007.

Since then, fuel and computer glitches have grounded several A380s and at least one Air France flight was forced to turn around and land in New York after problems with its navigation system in November 2009.

- AFP /ls

source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...091283/1/.html

TV News: http://www.metrotvnews.com/read/news...arat-di-Changi
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #2185
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By Ewen Boey – November 4th, 2010



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(UPDATE) SINGAPORE– A troubled Qantas Airbus A380 plane landed in Singapore on Thursday with smoke coming out of its underside and was quickly surrounded by six fire engines, an AFP reporter said.

Fire engines immediately swarmed the aircraft as soon is it landed on the tarmac on Changi Airport.

“I can see smoke coming out of it,” the reporter said.

Debris including what appears to be a piece of the tail of a Qantas jet was also found in the Indonesian town of Batam after a loud mid-air explosion, a witness added.

“I didn’t see a plane crash but I heard a loud explosion in the air. There were metal shards coming down from the sky into an industrial area in Batam,” witness Noor Kanwa told AFP.

Earlier reports said the plane has experienced engine trouble over Indonesian territory and attempted an emergency landing in Singapore once it had used up its fuel, an Indonesian official told AFP.

“According to the airport officials in Batam, who received radar information from Singapore, the aeroplane is trying to make an emergency landing in Singapore,” National Transportation Safety Committee head Tatang Kurniadi said.

When contacted, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson from the Australian consulate in Canberra told Yahoo! Singapore, “A scheduled Qantas flight from Singapore to Sydney has developed mechanical problems and has returned Singapore. The flight has landed safely at Changi Airport and there are no passengers or crew injured.”

“Australian High Commission staff are on their way to Changi Airport to assist passengers if required,” she added.
Yahoo! Fit to Post reader, Paku B, who stays in Batam, said, “I saw with my eyes and heard with my own ears a very loud explosion. A lot of people ran outside and saw a very big airplane coming out smoke from one of wing (sic). Then so many parts of airplane body fell to the ground and some on the roof of the house.”


Debris photo on Indonesian TV (Twitter photo courtesy of @RodrigoBNO)

If you have concerns for the welfare of family and friends on board Qantas flight 32 from Singapore to Sydney, you should first attempt to contact them directly. If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 02 6261 3305 or within Australia on 1300 555 135 (local call cost).
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #2186
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Statement on Qantas official website:http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airl...ions/global/en

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QF32 Air Return to Singapore - Aircraft has Landed Safely

A Qantas A380 aircraft operating QF32 from Singapore to Sydney experienced an engine issue soon after take off and returned to Singapore.

The aircraft had 433 passengers and 26 crew on board.

In line with procedure, the pilot sought priority clearance for its return to Singapore. The aircraft landed safely at 11.45am local time.

Some media reports suggested the aircraft had crashed. These reports are incorrect. No Qantas aircraft has crashed.

The latest information will be available via the Media Releases page.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #2187
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Looks like quite a lot of debris fell off. Could it have been a bird strike?
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:50 AM   #2188
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Some pictures of QANTAS flight QF32

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/rids/20101104/...zEVhIW0mp3Kg--


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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #2189
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FACTBOX-Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger jet
4 November 2010

Nov 4 (Reuters) - A Qantas Airbus A380 passenger jet flying to Sydney was forced to return to Singapore on Thursday due to engine problems but landed safely.

The plane was carrying 459 people. No injuries were reported.

Here some facts on the A380:

* The Airbus A380 is the world's biggest passenger jet, capable of carrying more than 500 passengers.

* The plane made its maiden flight in 2005, and its first commercial flight, a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Sydney, two years later.

* Deliveries of A380 jets to airlines have been repeatedly delayed. Orders for 234 of the aircraft had been placed by October 2010, and 37 planes were in operation worldwide.

* In September 2009, a Singapore Airlines A380 was forced to turn around in mid-flight and head back to Paris after one of its four engines failed. The superjumbo is designed to be able to carry on flying with only three engines.

* In April this year, a Qantas A380 burst two tyres landing at Sydney airport. No passengers were hurt.

* The four-engined plane can fly 15,200 km (9,424 miles).

* Production of the A380 hit a snag in 2006 when it was discovered that wiring prepared in Hamburg, Germany, did not fit planes being assembled in Toulouse, France, due to incompatible software.

* European planemaker Airbus' parent company is EADS

* Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Qantas use the A380.

(Sources: Airbus website, Reuters stories)

(Compiled by Daniel Magnowski)
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Old November 4th, 2010, 09:52 AM   #2190
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Qantas grounds Airbus fleet after engine cover falls off plane

(CNN) -- Qantas, Australia's national airline, grounded its Airbus A380 fleet indefinitely after part of a plane's engine cover fell off mid-flight on Thursday.

The airline said the twin-deck planes -- the world's largest airliners -- will remain suspended until an investigation into Thursday's incident is complete.

"As long as it takes," said airline CEO Alan Joyce, when a reporter asked him how long the suspension will last. "We are being very cautious until we know exactly what caused this."

On Thursday, a Qantas airliner had one of its four engines shut down six minutes after takeoff from Singapore's Changi Airport, Joyce said.

The plane -- with 433 passengers and 26 crew members -- was headed to Sydney, Australia, but was forced to return to Changi.

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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #2191
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SO does it affect passenger traffic of other A380 user Airline Also.....
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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:37 AM   #2192
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By Timothy Ouyang | Posted: 04 November 2010 1537 hrs

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it has no plans to ground its current fleet of 10 Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

This comes after the Australian flag carrier, Qantas, grounded its fleet of A380s after one of its aircraft was forced to land in Singapore with engine trouble on Thursday morning.

In its statement on Thursday, SIA said its operations are continuing as normal.

SIA added that it is premature at this point to speculate on the cause of the incident, and it is awaiting advice from its aircraft and engine manufacturers as the investigation progresses.

In 2007, SIA was the first airline to fly the A380 superjumbo, which can carry more than 500 passengers.

Four other airlines currently fly the aircraft, including, Qantas, Emirates, Air France and Lufthansa.

This is not the first time that an A380 aircraft has encountered engine problems.

In September 2009, a Singapore-bound SIA A380 flight was forced to turn around mid-flight and head back to Paris after one of its four engines failed.

Separately, Singapore Changi Airport said it will reopen its Runway 2 later Thursday.

Airport authorities had to close Runway 2 earlier to facilitate an emergency landing for Qantas Flight QF32 which experiencing engine problem.

The A380 Qantas flight, bound for Sydney, Australia, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 9:56 am local time.

For technical reasons, the aircraft turned back to Changi and landed safely at 11:46 am.

Changi Airport Group's Airport Emergency Service (AES) responded with six fire vehicles, in accordance with standard operating procedure for such incidents.

In response to the pilot's request, checks were conducted on the aircraft by AES.

Once the checks were completed, passengers and crew began disembarking from the aircraft at Runway 2.

Buses were arranged to ferry them to the airport terminal.

Disembarkation of all 469 passengers and crew on board was completed by 1:40 pm.

Changi Airport Group said flights have continued to take off and land at Runway 1 and operations at Changi have, otherwise, not been affected. - CNA /ls
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #2193
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I'm flying with Qantas from London next week do you think the whole A380 fleet will be kept on ground for much time? It looks like a bird collision anyway
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #2194
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Emirates says no plans to ground A380 jets
4 November 2010
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Emirates airline, the biggest single-customer of Airbus A380, said Thursday it had no plans to ground its 13 superjumbos following the Qantas forced landing in Singapore.

"All of our Emirates A380s are operating as scheduled," said a company statement.

The Dubai-owned carrier, which is the biggest operator in the Middle East, has a total order of 90 A380 units, 13 of which have been delivered.

"Emirates has 13 A380s in operation, powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. The safety of our passengers and crew is always of paramount importance," the brief statement added.

A Qantas A380 made a dramatic forced landing in Singapore Thursday, trailing smoke from a blackened engine, in the Airbus superjumbo's first mid-air emergency three years after it took to the skies.

Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines also said their A380 planes remain in operations, while Qantas said it has grounded its six superjumbos.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:43 PM   #2195
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Passengers on Qantas plane recount 'big bang'
4 November 2010
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Passengers aboard the Qantas A380 plane that made an emergency landing in Singapore Thursday spoke of loud bangs and a fire on the superjumbo's wing shortly after it took off from the city-state.

The Australian carrier said there were no reports of injuries among the 440 passengers and 26 crew following the incident.

"We heard the boom, I looked outside and saw a little bit of fire," German national Ulf Waschbusch told AFP by telephone after leaving the plane.

"Something ruptured the left wing, it was a small rupture," said the passenger, a technology company executive based in Singapore who was heading to Sydney on holiday and was flying on the double-decker A380 for the first time.

Flight QF32's captain then announced that the A380 was going to dump fuel in preparation for an emergency landing. There was no panic among the passengers as it circled over Indonesian territory, said Waschbusch.

"We were circling for almost two hours dumping fuel," he said.

"Everyone was surprisingly calm on the plane. We are not going crazy at all," Waschbusch said. "The crew helped tremendously. I felt in good hands. Qantas did a great job in keeping us safe."

The first batch of passengers emerged at the arrival hall of Changi Airport's Terminal 1 about five hours after landing, but were whisked away by security officers to a waiting bus as a throng of journalists shouted questions.

One passenger shouted back that he had a "scary experience" while another said there was "an explosion".

But some passengers gave more details of their ordeal in interviews with the Australian media.

Tyler Wooster, 16, told ABC News he was in the window seat directly over the wing when he heard an explosion.

"All of a sudden I heard a big bang, like a big gunshot bang, like a really loud gun and... I couldn't see, obviously, what happened to the engine beneath, but I saw it shot a big hole through the wing," Wooster said.

"You could see how the the wing had peeled off," he added.

Passenger Larry Heragy said he knew something was wrong when he heard a loud noise from outside the plane.

"Ten to fifteen minutes into the flight we heard a loud bang, followed shortly after by another loud bang, a little bit seemed to fly off the back of the engine," he recounted.

"The captain came on and said they were going to investigate... we flew around for about an hour discharging fuel... and landed without incident."

Passengers praised the airline crew for their handling of the situation, the first mid-air emergency involving the giant plane since its entry into commercial service three years ago

"The crew kept walking around, talking to us, keeping everyone very calm and controlled, it was handled very well," Heragy said.

"Everyone was calm, everyone was concerned for everyone else, the ladies with children looking after them... (there were) a few jokes going around."

Passenger Christopher Lee told ABC radio he heard an explosion about 15 minutes after take-off.

"Some of the passengers then alerted cabin staff to the fact that there was an explosion, there was smoke or something to that effect," he said.

"The cabin staff did a great job of keeping us informed," said Lee, adding the information was translated for German-speaking passengers.

Lee also said the emergency landing was smooth.

"I must say I fly on many international flights... and it's one of the smoothest landings I've had actually," he said
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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:40 PM   #2196
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Lufthansa, Singapore Keep Rolls-Powered A380s Flying After Qantas Failure

Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Singapore Airlines Ltd. said they’ll keep their Airbus SAS A380s flying after Qantas Airways Ltd. grounded its six-strong superjumbo fleet following an engine explosion in mid-flight.

Lufthansa is operating its four A380s as normal, spokesman Boris Ogursky said by telephone, as is Singapore Airlines, which has 11 of the planes, according to a statement. The pair are the only other carriers with superjumbos powered by the same Rolls- Royce Group Plc Trent 900 engines used on the Qantas jet.

Australia’s Qantas will keep its fleet out of service “as long as it takes” after one of the four engines on an A380 failed en route from Singapore to Sydney, Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said today. The pilots performed an emergency landing at Singapore at 11:46 a.m. local time.

Singapore Airlines was the first carrier to operate the A380 and has nine more on order, plus six options, according to its website. All will be powered by Trent 900 turbines.

Lufthansa, based in Cologne, Germany, has ordered 15 A380s, with those already delivered used for services to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg. The Rolls engine passed compulsory tests “with flying colors” before delivery, the airline said in May.

Tests included water ingestion, detonation of an explosive and a bombardment with bird carcasses, according to the carrier.

Emirates, Air France

Gulf carrier Emirates, the biggest A380 operator with 13 in service and the next due to arrive tomorrow out of 90 on order, and Air France-KLM Group, with four, both use an alternative engine, the GP7000 from the Engine Alliance of General Electric Co. and United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit.

“All of our A380s are operating as scheduled,” the Dubai- based company said in a statement. “The safety of our passengers and crew is always of paramount importance.”

Air France will carry on operating its superjumbos as normal, spokesman Herve Erschler said in an e-mailed statement.

China Southern Airlines Co., scheduled to be the sixth A380 operator, said it still plans to go ahead with deliveries of the Rolls-Royce powered planes from the end of next year.

“It’s too early to say whether there are any technical problems in the engine,” Yang Defeng, a spokesman for the Guangzhou-based carrier, said today in a telephone interview. “It has proven to be safe after so many years of flying.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Cornelius Rahn in Frankfurt at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong in Berlin at [email protected]
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I'm flying with Qantas from London next week do you think the whole A380 fleet will be kept on ground for much time? It looks like a bird collision anyway
I dont think they'll be grounded for any longer than 48 hours. Looks like the engine has ingested something to me, the concern is the damage to the wing. The engine cowling is designed to contain any engine failure which it looks like it's failed to do.
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Qantas flights in turmoil after A380 engine explosion over Indonesia
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5 November 2010

THE travel plans of thousands of passengers have been thrown into chaos after Qantas grounded its fleet of A380 aircraft in response to the dramatic engine explosion over Indonesia.

As Australian air safety investigators arrive in Singapore to start their inquiries, Qantas is scrambling to bring home the 440 passengers who were aboard flight QF32 to Sydney and to reschedule flights from the US and Sydney.

It warned of disruptions across its network as it grounded all six of its flagship airliners, the world's biggest passenger planes.

Thursday's flight was forced back to Singapore soon after take-off when a port engine exploded, raining debris on Batam Island.

Passengers reportedly were surprisingly calm through their ordeal. But the drama was underscored by Victorian mother Sue Wooster, who wrote on Facebook: "Very scary – was on wing seat and saw explosion and damage to wing. Had a harrowing 2 hours in air."

While no one was injured in the plane or on Batam, the grounding of the fleet has triggered serious safety concerns about aircraft maintenance.

Qantas immediately came under attack from the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, which linked mechanical problems to the outsourcing of maintenance work. Qantas said it stood by its safety record.

Smoke billowed from the remains of its blackened number two engine as QF32 limped back to Singapore, the airline's famous red and white kangaroo emblem among the debris left in its wake.

The double-decker A380 Airbus behemoth carrying 440 passengers, 26 crew and named after Australian aviation pioneer Nancy Bird Walton had taken off from Changi Airport at 9.56am local time, bound for Sydney.

About 15 minutes into the flight passengers heard a boom and the hi-tech A380 Airbus shook violently. Fire shot from the ruptured Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine as part of it disintegrated and tore through the casing and wing.

Aviation experts said last night that it was a lucky escape because had the metal shards been shot out horizontally and not vertically, they would have sliced through the plane's fuselage.

On the Indonesian island of Batam, locals reported hearing an explosion before shards of metal slammed into the ground.

One local, Rusdi, told local TV that on hearing a loud bang, he raced outside to see a plane with smoke billowing from its side.

A Batam woman, Yanestri, said she had been hanging out washing in her backyard moments before debris crashed down where she had been standing. "I am very lucky. I was only three seconds from death," she said.

Island authorities said that at least 100 pieces of debris had been found in 12 different locations and that at least six houses had been damaged by the plane parts. There were no reports of serious injuries.

Yet on the world's biggest passenger plane, amazingly there was no panic as the pilot announced fuel would be dumped in readiness for an emergency landing.

Passenger Christopher Lee said it was the passengers who alerted the cabin staff.

"After leaving Singapore there was an explosion. There was a loud bang followed by another one, and then a rattling of the cabin," he said. "At that (point) we were still on take-off, the seatbelt signs were still on, the cabin staff came to inspect very quickly and then obviously alerted the captain."

German national Ulf Waschbusch, on his first flight on board the A380, said everyone was surprisingly calm.

"We are not going crazy at all," he said "We were circling for almost two hours dumping fuel."

Qantas said that in line with procedure, the pilot sought priority clearance for a return to Singapore's Changi Airport, which went into emergency mode.

Runway 2 was shut down and when QF32 touched down at 11.46am local time, six fire vehicles met the plane, spraying foam on the smoking engine. Passengers and crew were ferried by bus to the airport terminal where they were put up in hotels for the night. In Sydney, Qantas managers were calling in as many staff as it could to send them to Singapore this morning, along with another aircraft to get everyone home.

The blowout of the engine on its flagship Nancy Bird Walton aircraft – the first of the airline's six A380s – is another blow to the national carrier's reputation as the world's safest airline and the first mid-air emergency involving the Airbus superjumbo.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce last night immediately grounded all the airline's Airbus A380 jetliners until it was satisfied that it was safe for them to fly.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau sent a team of four investigators to Singapore yesterday to study the plane's flight recorder as they work with Qantas and aviation investigators in Indonesia and Singapore to find out what went wrong.

Mr Joyce said the airline's investigation into the incident "will take as long as we need to take until we are comfortable".

"This issue . . . an engine failure has been one that we haven't seen before . . . so we're obviously taking this very seriously because it's a significant engine failure," he said. "It looks like it's an uncontained engine failure but it's too early to speculate and will involve us doing a detailed investigation with the manufacturer Airbus and the manufacturer of the engine, Rolls Royce."

Qantas said it would call affected passengers today to make alternative arrangements. A decision on schedules had not been made late yesterday but a back-up plan using Boeing 747s and planes from its international codeshare partners may be activated.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman Wayne Artuso said Australian inspectors would lead the investigation.

He said the bureau had received no preliminary indication of the cause of the engine failure but said an interim report would likely be completed within a month before a full report was completed within 12 months.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 05:16 PM   #2199
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I dont think they'll be grounded for any longer than 48 hours. Looks like the engine has ingested something to me, the concern is the damage to the wing. The engine cowling is designed to contain any engine failure which it looks like it's failed to do.
hope so! anyway they will have one less plane so maybe they substitute my flight with another plane which route was this A380 flying? London-Sydney?
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Old November 4th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #2200
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Could have been alot worst. They could have been on a 747-400. One exploded last month. A380 anytime if its gonna land with a blown up engine and a huge hole in its wing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11183476
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