Photos - Qantas A380 Engine Failure

Today Qantas flight QF32, an Airbus A380-842, experienced an uncontained engine failure after take-off from Singapore. It performed a turn back and landed safely back in Singapore Changi. Parts of debris of affected engine number 2 punctured the left wing. The plane landed with opened landing gear doors as well as undeployed leading edge flaps - suggesting an emergency deployment of the landing gear or some kind of hydraulic or electrical issue caused by debris. According to sources engine No1 was producing significant thrust after the plane stopped and was not controllable from the cockpit.

The plane involved is VH-OQA, MSN 14. It was delivered to Qantas on 19th September 2008 and had logged around 8165 flight hours and 831 flight cycles as of today. It is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

Qantas grounded its A380 fleet until sufficient information has been obtained about what occurred on QF32. Rolls-Royce has recommended immediate checks of its Trent 900 engines. Singapore Airlines, another operator of the Trent 900 engine, have announced that their A380 flights will be delayed as result of these inspections. Lufthansa sees no impact on its A380 flight schedule.

Update: In-flight passenger video below

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Qantas Airbus A380 Uncontained Engine Failure in Singapore
Photo: AP

Qantas Airbus A380 Engine Failure Details
Photo: Reuters

Qantas Airbus A380 Engine Failure
Photo: AP

Qantas Airbus A380 Engine Failure Punctured Wing
Photo: AP

Videos - In-flight footage from passenger view

Source: Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa

6 Responses to “Photos - Qantas A380 Engine Failure”


  1. 1 Jason Schappert Nov 5th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Are you kidding me!?!?

    That is nuts! The pictures almost looked fake until I saw the detail and the video.

    Good call by Singapore Airlines to delay flights for inspections. I really believe safety MUST come first.

    Jason

  2. 2 pgy Nov 12th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Why when this plane landed weren’t the emergency escapes activated and passengers evacuated from this plan. I understand that a fuel tank in the wing had been ruptured and controls to other engine damaged. That engine could not be shut down for an hour after the plane landed.

    This incident could have been much worse.

  1. 1 Qantas’ A380 Still Grounded at Flightstory.net - Aviation Blog Pingback on Nov 8th, 2010 at 8:51 pm
  2. 2 EASA Airworthiness Directive for Rolls-Royce Trent 900 Engines at Flightstory.net - Aviation Blog Pingback on Nov 12th, 2010 at 8:57 pm
  3. 3 Go Fly Zone » Qantas A380 Engine Failure. Pingback on Nov 14th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  4. 4 Qantas QF32 Preliminary Report at Flightstory.net - Aviation Blog Pingback on Dec 3rd, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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