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Engine Failure of QANTAS Airbus A380
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Sunday, 07 November 2010 08:30
Hi Captain,

Do you think Rolls Royce is facing a problem because of the engine failure on the Airbus A380 (Qantas flight) or will Airbus be affected by it as well?

Themba.


QANTAS A380 Engine Failure


Hi Themba,

Yes, Rolls Royce will face the major share of the problem as it has been widely reported that the cause of the engine failure is the result of ‘design issue”. Qantas said that a design flaw might have caused the engine failure that forced the emergency landing of its A380 in Singapore.

Airbus in a statement, said it has asked all owners of the aircraft with Rolls-Royce turbines, including Singapore Airlines and Germany's Lufthansa, to conduct engine checks "to ensure continuous safe operations of the fleet".

There are a total of 234 customers who have ordered the A380. Of the five airlines, three use Rolls-Royce engines: Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. The other aircraft flown by Emirates and Air France-KLM are powered by Engine Alliance engines made by a GE-Pratt & Whitney.

While Qantas and Singapore grounded all its A380s, Lufthansa said it was using its A380s normally.

Yes, this accident is likely to damage the sales of the Airbus A380.


Qantas A380 Engine Blows Apart

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Hello Captain,

It's always said that the wings can withstand a lot, including the engine falling apart/exploding.

In this video however, it seems clear that there is some big damage on the wing, caused by the explosion.

If that happened on a flight that the next stop would take hours (mid of atlantic for example)...would this wing probably have desintegrated?

Is there a chance at all that a exploding engine can take the wing down?

Thanks!
Marcus , 17 Nov, 2010
Qantas A380 Wing Damage
Hi Marcus,

Yes, the wing of a plane is incredibly strong. For example, you would have read in my site that a Boeing 777 wing would withstand a bent up to 24 feet at the tip before it broke off.

In my opinion, if the plane had to cruise a longer distance with the remaining 3 engines, the wing would not have disintegrated.

However, from what I have read, there were some other secondary failures to the wiring system that prevented the pilots from turning off the No 1 engine and causing a fuel leak. Also, there was significant damage caused to the hydraulic systems, partially affecting the control system (spoilers). A fuel leak, provided it is isolated and contained, would affect its range.

As for the Qantas A380, despite the damage to its wings, the plane landed at Singapore safely without any problem.
Captain Lim , 19 Nov, 2010
Guess he passed
I heard the Captain of that flight was undergoing a checkride for that flight, is that true to your knowledge? If so, I guess he passed eh?
David , 22 Jan, 2017

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