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November 4, 2010

Qantas A380 Safely Lands After Engine Explosion Near Singapore

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Photo from on board Flight 32 shows that engine explosion damaged the left wing. (Photo by @ulfw)

Reports that a Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo jet had crashed in Indonesia were quickly put to rest Wednesday night when the plane made a safe emergency landing in Singapore.

Debris from Qantas Flight 32 carrying 443 people enroute to Sydney, was found on an island south of Singapore shortly after the plane took off.

The incident aircraft was registered VH-OQA, the first A380 delivered to Qantas in September 2008.

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Engine debris on the ground in Indonesia. (Photo by iB3nji)

Rumors of a plane crash spread quickly across the internet via Twitter, but Qantas soon dispelled the reports, saying that one of the plane’s four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines had failed and the plane had returned safely to Changi Airport in Singapore.

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  • The photo which is appearing on many sites shows firemen with a hose, why weren’t they using a firetruck to spray the engine with foam ?

  • Anonymous

    A miracle that the engine metal didn’t pierce any fuel tanks as what happened to the ill-fated Concorde in July 2000. Why did the engine fall-apart? Never did a Concorde engine fall apart as far as I know (also manufactured by Rolls Royce).