Qantas grounds A380s after scare

All take-offs of flagship super jumbo suspended pending full investigation by Australia’s national carrier.

Qantas airways has grounded its fleet of flagship Airbus A380 jets hours after a mid-air explosion forced an emergency landing at Singapore airport.

Officials said the plane experienced a “significant engine failure”, shortly after taking off from Changi airport en route to Sydney on Thursday.  

Debris thought to belong to the Qantas plane was found on the Indonesian island of Batam.     The aircraft then turned around and returned to Singapore airport. All 459 passengers and crew are escaped unharmed.   

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports.

Source : Al Jazeera


Super jumbo capable of carrying 853 passengers designed to be able to fly with only three engines.

5 Nov 2010
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