Airbus A380s Grounded After Engine Explosion
The national airlines of Singapore and Australia suspended operations of their Airbus A380s on Thursday after one of the superjumbo jets suffered an engine explosion in mid-air.
A Qantas Airways-owned A380 was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore after one of the superjumbo jet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 faltered just minutes after taking off for Sydney. Some passengers of flight QF32 reportedly heard a large explosion as the plane was passing by Indonesia’s Batam Island, which is near Singapore. None of the 459 people onboard were hurt in the incident, Qantas officials said.
As a result of the incident, Qantas, the official airline of Australia, said its A380s will be grounded while investigations are ongoing, while Singapore Airlines suspended flights of the jumbojets while Airbus and Rolls-Royce are conducting precautionary checks.
The Airbus A380 is considered the biggest, greenest, and quietest jetliner today. It was launched in 2005 after several production delays. There are 37 A380s currently in operation worldwide, with over 200 orders pending deliveries, Airbus said.