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Lufthansa A380s to keep flying despite Qantas explosion

The Local · 4 Nov 2010, 09:32

Published: 04 Nov 2010 09:32 GMT+01:00

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"Our planes are continuing to fly. We are running a normal operation," company spokesman Thomas Jachnow told news agency AFP, adding that two of the three planes were currently in the air.

Earlier Thursday, Air France and Emirates also announced they planned to keep their jets flying.

The Qantas double-decker plane carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew developed engine trouble just six minutes into a flight from Singapore to Sydney, and dumped fuel over Indonesia before returning to Singapore's Changi Airport.

There were no injuries to passengers or crew, officials said.

Metal debris including a part bearing the airline's red-and-white "flying kangaroo" emblem slammed into industrial and residential areas of the Indonesian city of Batam, opposite Singapore.

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11:18 November 4, 2010 by Joshontour
Time for LH (and Qantas for that matter) to go with the GE / Pratt GP7200 powerplant, I have no idea why they are buying these A380's with the RR Trent powerplant, except for protectionism. The Trents have had numerous in-flight shut downs, as well as contained and uncontained engine failures. The GE has never had any. Also the Trent burns more fuel and makes less thrust than the GP7200. Europe is always crying about protectionism across the pond, but then sacrifice the safety and efficiency of their flagship to employ their own brand of Europrotectionism.
12:15 November 4, 2010 by William Thirteen
will they be billing Indonesia for all that extra aviation fuel they provided to them?
12:43 November 4, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Even with 2 good engines the airplane could fly or without any could glide to wherever is close...

Bad crap happens. This time it was an A380, the other time it was a British Airways 777, a Air France A330... All those are relatively new airplanes and with the safest record...

This kind of structural failure (probably the fan blades) is uncommon but now it can be investigated and corrected. It's weird because the A380 engines were designed in order to contain the debris from such a incident like this. There is a video on youtube showing that, but real world conditions and manufacturing/usage can change the outcome of such event.

Personally I don't think all A380 should be grounded, but a close inspection should be made to all aircraft engines (ultrasound, infrared, etc...)
13:56 November 4, 2010 by heathen
If it ain't Boeing (with GE or P&W engines + US military trained pilots/aviators) then I ain't going.
15:35 November 4, 2010 by Beachrider
We need to wait to see what caused the problem. Making stuff up doesn't help.

There are pictures that show loose and broken wing panels. We need to hear more about that too.

There will also be a summary of any other control problems. European and American inspectors interoperate in these kinds of situations.

No matter what, God Bless the skills of the pilot in getting the plane safely on the ground.
17:38 November 4, 2010 by piper1
How about taking a little time and get the spelling right.


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