Parts of Engine Fall From In-Flight Qantas Airbus, Prompting Emergency Landing
November 4, 2010
Australia (ChattahBox World News) – A London-to-Sydney flight on a Qantas A380 airbus is normally one of the fastest, greenest, and quietest flights around. But things did not run smoothly this morning, when a loud bang came from a plane’s engine just 15 minutes after takeoff, and passengers watched in fear as smoke and sparks flowed from the plane’s engine. The flight made an emergency landing in Indonesia, where the 433 passengers and 26 crew members were able to clearly see that casing on the plane’s second engine was missing, the UK Telegraph reports.
In view of the incident, Qantas has suspended all flights of A380s until they can determine why the plane experience engine failure. The engine’s manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, is also involved in the investigation, the Telegraph notes.
Earlier reports had erroneously suggested that the flight had crashed in Indonesia, after witnesses found large pieces of the plane’s fuselage on the ground and saw the low-flying aircraft trailing smoke overhead. In Qantas’s 90-year history, the airline has never had a fatal plane accident, the Telegraph reports.