Entries in Airbus A380 (4)


Airbus to Inspect Double-Decker Planes for Cracks

ICHIRO/Digital Vision(LONDON) -- There are more problems for the maker of those huge European-made double-decker passenger planes. The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered all 67 Airbus A380s currently flying to be inspected for hairline cracks on the outer skin of the wings.

“All due caution has been taken by the safety authorities and the checks and the replacement measures are being carried out,” said aviation expert Chris Yates.

It’s not a structural problem, Yates says, but still one that needs to be addressed.

“It is not a crack on something between the wing and the fuselage,” Yates said. “What we're talking about is the skin over the wing, it has to be said. So, this is not a major issue for the safety authorities, it's not a major issue for Airbus or the carriers that operate the A380.”

While visual inspections won't take long, replacing any small attaching brackets could take some time.

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Qantas Seeks Compensation; Investigators Identify Engine Defect

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Qantas Airways is taking legal action against Rolls-Royce, seeking compensation from the superjumbo engine manufacturer.

The airline filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court of Australia Thursday, opening the door to gaining a settlement from Rolls-Royce at some point.

“[Thursday's] action allows Qantas to keep all options available to the company to recover losses, as a result of the grounding of the A380 fleet and the operational constraints currently imposed on A380 services,” Sydney-based airline said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has identified the cause of the engine explosion that forced a Qantas Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Nov. 4.  In a statement released Thursday, the bureau cites a "potential manufacturing defect with an oil tube connection" in the engine.

Qantas grounded all six of its superjumbo jets for three weeks following the incident.

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Qantas Finds Oil Leak in Engines; Airbus Fleet Grounded

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(MASCOT, New South Wales) -- Checks on the Rolls-Royce engines on the Qantas fleet of its Airbus A380 planes have shown some oil leakage problems, and that means they'll be staying grounded for some time.

The engines on the planes are almost new, so problems shouldn't be expected this early into their commission.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says, "Oil leaks have been discovered in the turbine area of three engines.  We have removed these engines from the aircraft for further testing."

And while tests are conducted, Joyce says, "The A380 fleet will remain out of service for at least the next 72 hours."

Of the six grounded Qantas aircrafts, one remains in Singapore, another in both Germany and Sydney, Australia and three others in Los Angeles, California.

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Qantas Engine Failure: Missing Turbine Part Could Hold Clue

Photo Courtesy - Australian Transport Safety Bureau(SYDNEY) -- Qantas Airways and Australian aviation officials are reaching out to those on the Indonesian island of Batam for help in finding part of an exploded engine from an Airbus A380. The engine failure on Thursday sent the jet - which was traveling to Sydney, Australia - back to Singapore for an emergency landing.  466 people were on board.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is leading the investigation into the engine explosion and says it is looking for part of a turbine that could provide clues as to what caused the problem.  In a statement, the bureau said "The recovery of that disk could be crucial to a full understanding of the nature of the engine failure, and may have implications for the prevention of future similar occurrences."

Quantas hopes to return its fleet of A380's, the world's largest passenger jet, to flight soon.

Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines also fly the giant jets, equipped with engines made by Rolls Royce.  They initially grounded the A380 models, but have returned them to flight following safety checks.

Officials say it is too early to draw any conclusions as to why the engine exploded.

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