Qantas A380 loses engine

November 4: A Qantas Airbus A380 taking off from Singapore towards Sydney in Australia suffered an engine failure, leading to the airline grounding its six-strong fleet of Superjumbos.
The pilot of Flight QF32, using aircraft VH-OQA (the 14th A380 built), immediately returned to Singapore declaring an emergency. One of the aircraft’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines “exploded with a bang”, passengers are reported to have said by various media outlets. Debris from the engine was found on an Indonesian island below the flight path.
None of the 440 passengers and 26 crew on board suffered any injury and the aircraft landed safely at 11:45, says Qantas. The airline has suspended all A380 take-offs “until sufficient information has been obtained about what occurred on QF32”.
Airbus says the aircraft was delivered to Qantas on September 19, 2008 and had logged around 8,165 flight hours and 831 flight cycles as of today. A team of specialists from Airbus has being dispatched to Singapore. Rolls-Royce said “The in-service fleet of Trent 900 engines is small and relatively new, and the Group feels that it is prudent to recommend that a number of basic precautionary engine checks are performed. This process is now underway.”