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Thursday
Nov042010

Qantas Airbus Grounded After Engine Fails in Flight

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SINGAPORE) -- A Qantas Airbus en route to Sydney, Australia made an emergency landing in Singapore Thursday after one of its four engines failed.  The Airbus A380 took off from Singapore's Changi Airport and was forced to return to the tarmac after its number two engine shut down and lost part of its cover while flying over Indonesia.

Upon landing, the plane was surrounded by fire engines.  Some smoke was reportedly coming from the plane.

All 433 passengers and 26 crew members are safe.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the company is suspending indefinitely all A380 flights, which includes six planes, until it understands what caused the problem.  Qantas believes the incident was "significant," calling it an "uncontained engine failure."  Joyce added that this is the first incident the company has had with the Aibus A380.

Rolls-Royce, along with Qantas and Airbus, is also investigating the incident.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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