Qantas has suspended flights of its Airbus A380s after obvious engine trouble forced one of the aircraft to make an emergency landing.
Flight QF32, which had taken off from Singapore en route to Sydney, returned to Changi airport to make an emergency landing. No-one was hurt.
The airline is not taking any chances.
“We have decided that we will suspend all A380 takeoffs until we are fully comfortable that sufficient information has been obtained about the QF32… until we are completely confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met,” said Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce.
Eyewitnesses on the Indonesian island of Batam say they heard an explosion as the plane flew overhead.
Indonesian TV showed pictures of what said was debris belonging to the Qantas plane. One of the four structures that house the engines was found to be missing.
There have been no fatal accidents since the A380 was launched five years ago, championed as the world’s biggest, greenest and quietest airliner.
All four other airlines which use the plane – Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines – say their flights are continuing.