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Engine tests on Airbus A380 after Qantas scare

Engine tests on Airbus A380 after Qantas scare
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Tests are being carried out on the engines of Airbus A380s, after one appeared to break apart on a Qantas flight on Thursday.

The Australian national carrier and Singapore Airlines have grounded the superjumbo planes, until the engines, which are made by Rolls Royce, are given the all-clear.

The Qantas flight, which took off from Singapore, was forced to make an emergency landing after what the airline is calling ‘significant engine failure’.
Amateur video showing smoke billowing from the engine was shot by one of the 459 passengers onboard. Fortunately, no one was injured. Matthew Hewitt, who shot the footage said: “We heard a bang, and at first we thought it was turbulence. We all looked around at each other and just passed it off as turbulence. Only five seconds later, we heard an increasingly louder bang. It was almost like a bomb sound and some people reported that they thought they’d seen a flash.”

Debris that fell from the plane landed on parts of Indonesia, before the aircraft turned around and returned to Singapore.

Lufthansa, who also use the Rolls Royce engine in their Airbus A380s say they will be conducting safety tests without disrupting flight schedules.

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