A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 has been forced to return to Singapore after a problem with one of its four engines meant it had to be shut down.
The aircraft was bound for Frankfurt when it had to turn around almost three hours into the flight. The aircraft landed safely and all 430 passengers were transferred to another plane.
SIA stressed that passenger safety was not at risk as the aircraft was “capable of flying safely on three engines”.
In a statement SIA said: “Singapore Airlines flight SQ26 from Singapore to Frankfurt turned back to Singapore about 2hr 55mins into the flight after the crew reported a problem with one of the aircraft’s four engines.”
It added: “the crew reported an engine surge in the Number 3 engine and the engine was shut down… a surge is typically a disruption of airflow which affects the normal operation of the engine.”
The airline said that the engine will undergo a thorough inspection in consultation with the makers of the engines, Rolls-Royce.
This is not the first incident involving a Rolls-Royce engine, towards the end of 2010 a Qantas A380 made an emergency landing following a mid-air explosion of one of its engines; and last July a SIA A380 from Singapore to Hong Kong was forced to turn back after an engine shut down.