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  • Qantas Engine Mishap
    Posted by Adrian Schofield 7:48 AM on Nov 04, 2010

    A Qantas Airbus A380 flight was forced to turn back to Singapore on Nov. 4 because of the apparent uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine soon after takeoff. The carrier has grounded its A380 fleet until more is known about the incident.

    There were no injuries among passenger or crew. Debris from the engine cowling was recovered on the island of Batam, just south of Singapore. Photos taken by passengers show damage to the upper surface of the left wing caused by debris from the No. 2 engine. Other photos show blackened areas of damage near the rear of the Trent 900, including what looked like a hole near the top of the casing in line with the turbines.

    One picture from Batam showed what looked like a segment of a disk from the engine’s turbomachinery, without blades attached, while another showed separated blades.


    Here are some of the links with good photos. The Australian has this great gallery with 14 photos, including closeups of the engine parts. This one is from the Sydney Morning Herald, with several photos, including the wing damage.

    Tags: tw99, Qantas, A380, engine, Trent

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