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Another Qantas plane makes emergency landing

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-05

A Qantas Boeing 747 aircraft was forced to return to Singapore on Friday due to problems with one of its engines. It was the second incident in as many days involving a Qantas plane.

AFP - A Qantas jumbo jet made an emergency landing in Singapore Friday, the second of the carrier's aircraft to do in two days, after experiencing engine problems, an airline spokeswoman told AFP.
  
The Sydney-bound Boeing 747-400 with 412 passengers on board landed safely at Changi Airport without incident, she said.
  
"Shortly after take-off the captain experienced an issue with one of its engines," the spokeswoman said.
  
"The aircraft landed safely a short time later without incident."
  
Changi Airport's website says the plane, flight QF6, had been scheduled to leave at 7:55 pm (1155 GMT).
  
It was the second incident in as many days involving a Qantas plane.
  
On Thursday, an Airbus A380 operated by the Australian flag carrier made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore after an engine failed minutes after taking off on the flight from the city-state to Sydney.
  
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said early signs pointed to a "material failure or a design issue" in the Rolls-Royce engines after one exploded just minutes into flight QF32 from Singapore to Sydney on Thursday.
  
The Australian flag carrier immediately grounded its entire fleet of A380 planes after Thursday's hair-raising incident.
  
"This is an engine issue and the engines were maintained by Rolls-Royce since being installed on the aircraft," Joyce told reporters in Sydney earlier Friday.
  
"We believe that this is most likely some kind of material failure or a design issue... We don't believe this is related to maintenance in any way."

Date created : 2010-11-05

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