QF A380 SIN-SYD engine failure, emergency landing

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    QF A380 SIN-SYD engine failure, emergency landing

    Post by Shade on November 4th 2010, 12:10 pm

    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4973057/

    Me and my friend were talking about this the whole day. I wanted to share it with you guys. Basically, a Quantas jet (Airbus A380) just about landed in Singapore, due to the engine failure. What happened was an uncontained Fan Blade Separation (if you don't know what the difference between a contained separation and an uncontained separation is that in a contained one, the explosion happens inside the engine casing. In an uncontained one, it rips the casing apart and debris goes everywhere. The engine covers are made of carbon fibre). Anyway, my mate reckons that the reason that the fan blade separated was due to metal fatigue (the fan blades are made of titanium anyway). He then showed me the pics of the aftermath.

    The plane's wing had holes in it, and part of it was literally ripped off. That's how bad the damage was. You could see the casing had been torn apart, on part of the engine the wires were exposed. You see, as it's uncontained, the debris actually goes everywhere, and in this case tore the engine apart. And if part of the debris (or the fan blade separator itself) gets in the cabin... you'll die! Seriously. You can imagine it better than I can.

    As a result of this, he also reckons that all the major airliners might ground their A380's (except Emirates which uses GE engines), due to the fact their reliability's been compromised. He didn't give me the links to any pictures, so sorry I haven't got them. We were kinda discussing it in school.

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    Re: QF A380 SIN-SYD engine failure, emergency landing

    Post by Independence76 on November 7th 2010, 3:03 pm

    Happened on another QF 744 on the same route the day after. Qantas maintenance wouldn't normally be at fault with the A380 engine, but the fact they have a history of maintenance issues more recently involving engines on multiple aircraft, it implies that they are the prime suspect.

    Last August, another 744 of theirs (QF74) flying SFO-SYD had another uncontained engine failure upon departure.
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    Re: QF A380 SIN-SYD engine failure, emergency landing

    Post by Shade on November 7th 2010, 4:59 pm

    Independence76 wrote:Happened on another QF 744 on the same route the day after. Qantas maintenance wouldn't normally be at fault with the A380 engine, but the fact they have a history of maintenance issues more recently involving engines on multiple aircraft, it implies that they are the prime suspect.

    Last August, another 744 of theirs (QF74) flying SFO-SYD had another uncontained engine failure upon departure.

    Yeah. Same friend just told me on his facebook page. Apparently this one isn't due to an engine explosion; he thinks this time, the engine merely shut down.

    Rolls-Royce engines are usually good. I think it's only a temporary problem.

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