Qantas passenger Flight 32 was forced to make an emergency landing at Singapore Changi Airport after having an engine failure on 4 November 2010. It was the first time that the failure happened to four-engined Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. The inspectors found that the Airbus’s number two engine’s turbine disc was missing. Also, the aircraft’s wing, nacelle, landing gear, flight controls, fuel system and the controls for engine number one were damaged. The engine was a Rolls-Royce Trent 900.
It happened over Batam island, Indonasia four minutes after departure. The aircraft was Qantas’ first Airbus 380. Flight 32 was bound for Sydney from London. It took off from Changi for the second leg of the flight. The aircraft landed in Changi around two hours after departure. There were no injuries reported for all the 29 crew and 440 passengers on board the aircraft as well as people who were on the ground. Debris fell on a houses, car and school, causing some damage in Batam island.
The Airbus 380 first went into commercial operation in October 2007, and at that time of the accident, a total of 39 A380s were in service with five airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa. After the accident, Qantas had to stop the 5 more A380s for engine inspection and replacements (Wikipedia, 20122).
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