November 5th, 2010
11:02 AM ET

Another Qantas plane has midair engine trouble

[Update 11:20 a.m.] A Qantas passenger jet headed back to Singapore with engine problems shortly after takeoff, Australian Transport Safety Board spokesman Neville Blyth told CNN.

The Boeing 747-400 - carrying 412 passengers and 19 crew members - is the second Qantas jet in two days to return to Singapore as a result of engine trouble.

On Thursday, an Airbus A380 jet made an emergency landing at Changi Airport after one of its four engines shut down as it started a flight to Sydney, Australia.

As the plane headed back to the airport, part of the engine's covering, or cowling, tore off.

Airbus announced Friday that it asked all operators of A380s with Rolls-Royce engines to inspect them as a precaution.

[Original post] A Qantas passenger jet headed back to Singapore with engine problems shortly after takeoff Friday, Australian Transport Safety Board spokesman Neville Blyth told CNN.

The incident comes just one day after Qantas grounded its six Airbus A380 superjumbo jets after an engine part came off during a flight, prompting an emergency landing.

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  1. dictionary

    I thought birds flew.
    If there is a bear flying, I certainly don't want to be under it.
    No matter how cute, cuddly and soft while clinging to a tree.
    Metaphores can teach endlessly about the realities of life's course.
    Can a business name, logo or a masscot have an effect on a business or business person?
    All things beginning with Q, 4 or Qua belong squarely on the ground. Bubbles go up. Everything we do is connected with language and it's meaning or effect, affect and change. Going with it's flow is easier than playing Salmon.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ya think?

    Another plane! I think there is more to this.....
    380 and 400 two differ planes; two differ engines; two differ makers...? Yet ALL travelling to Austrailia.
    Something with this timing is not sitting well in my gut

    November 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    To Dictionary: qantas does not start with "qua" and the mascot is a kangaroo, not a koala. Kangaroos dont cling to trees, koalas do. Ever heard of Australia?

    November 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dictionary

    Right. That explains the FAMOUS Koala's, own fan club, hate club, website.
    Kangaroos are like walking oak trees. Never saw one of those up in the air either. They are a little bottom heavy.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dictionary

    All kidding aside... the issue is with the engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce. Known for elaborately over complicating machinery.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pauly


    November 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kathleen

    Qantas has a very good safety record so this is surprizing. Makes me wonder if the ground mechanics are sluffing off! in Singapore. Why can't they detect problems before the airline is airborn? It makes one think!

    November 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. travuis fisher

    dont fly force the industry to seek safer alternatives to flying its obamas fault

    November 6, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. lvgirl

    Wonder if volcanic ash got in engine during a route? mt merapi? is this possible?

    November 6, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |