Qantas planeQantas Airways (QUBSF) suspended all flights of Airbus A380s after one of its planes was forced to make an emergency landing following engine failure.

The A380 fleet will remain grounded "until we are confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met," CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement.

The flight from Singapore to Sydney, Australia, experienced engine problems not long after takeoff and returned to Singapore. There were 440 passengers and 26 crew on board.

There were no injuries.

"Some media reports suggested the aircraft had crashed," the company said. "These reports are incorrect. No Qantas aircraft has crashed."

Still, The Associated Press cited a passenger who claimed she heard bangs and saw flames from her windows.

"There was flames - yellow flames came out, and debris came off. You could see black things shooting through the smoke, like bits of debris," Rosemary Hegardy, 60, told the AP.

The AP also cited media reports that debris from the flight had fallen on the Indonesian island of Batam.

This is not the first flight problem that Qantas has experienced this year. In March, a Qantas Boeing 747 flying from Sydney to Singapore was forced to return to Sydney after experiencing engine problems, The New York Times said. Also in March, a locked brake caused an A380's tire to blow out as it landed in Sydney.

In August, the airline reported a "catastrophic failure" in an engine of 747 flying from San Francisco to Sydney.

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beemerboxer

An aircraft is an object of mechanical, electronic and hydraulic devices and therefore prone to failure on rare occassions. Aircraft mechanics are (or were) highly trained and are given the very best tools to work with. I cannot imagine airlines using underqualified staff to service their aircraft; like any passenger carrying vehicle, maintenance and safety are paramount. Airlimes may be a lot of things but negligent in maintenance they are not.

November 04 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
galbraith1065

I wonder if Qantas uses the same discount third world mechanics that Delta/Northworst uses? Yes, I want some illiterate mechanic working on the plane I am flying on.

November 04 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bartonlyle

These planes are ridiculously huge. Arrival and departure from terminals will create all sorts of problems, not the least of which is luggage handling. 400+ passengers? Give me a break. Limited number of airports where they can land and take off. Oh, and by the way, Airbus' planes have historically had high maintenance problems.

November 04 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Johnny

I don't see why you're complaining. KLAX are building new terminals to service the A380 plus Boeing 747 carries more passengers if not the same. If luggage was a problem, then it should have been more than a decade ago.

January 07 2012 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply