Qantas A380 fleet grounded for more safety checks
November 8th, 2010 by elisa

Qantas A380 engine picture by Flickr User emmettanderson

Last week a Qantas A380 aircraft had to make an emergency landing after severe engine trouble mid-flight. The airline has grounded all of its A380 fleet and decided to keep them grounded for at least another 72 hours after three Rolls Royce engines showed possible oil leaks after safety inspections.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said checks on other engines had revealed ‘oil where it shouldn’t be’ on three of them.

Speaking to Australian Broadcasting Corporation Joyce said: “We are keeping an open mind on it but… We think it could have been a materials issue on the engine, or a design issue.”

He added: “We will take as long as it needs to in order that we are absolutely comfortable the aircraft is safe to fly.”

Singapore Airlines is continuing to fly its fleet of 11 A380 aircraft fitted with the same engines after  safety checks revealed no cause for concern.

Emirates Airlines is continuing to fly its aircraft which are powered by Engine Alliance engines.

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