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Sunday
Dec052010

Russian Plane Accident: Death Toll Rises, Authorities Search for Cause

Photo Courtesy - STR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities are trying to figure out what caused the engines to fail on a passenger jet Saturday, causing it to make an emergency landing. Three people were killed and more than 80 were injured when the plane skidded off the runway.

Trouble began just 30 minutes into the flight, when two of the plane's engines failed and the crew requested an emergency landing at the nearest airport. As the plane approached the runway, a third engine failed, the plane skidded off the runway and broke into three pieces.

The type of plane involved -- a Tupolev-154, or Tu-154 -- does not have a clean safety record. Even Russia's national carrier stopped using it after a series of crashes.

“The number of accidents in Russia have risen and fallen over time but Russia is in the process of rebuilding their civil aviation system, and it's a long process,” said ABC News aviation consultant John Nance.

The Dagestan Airline plane was headed from Moscow to Makhachkala.

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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.´╗┐

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