Quantas Airbus A380 Rolls Royce engine explodes over Singapore
An Airbus A380 engine failure Thursday forced Quantas to ground its entire fleet of superjumbo jets. Image: CC Peter Pearson/Flickr

The Airbus A380 has been associated with two separate Rolls Royce jet engine failures in different parts of the world. Thursday an engine on a Quantas Airbus A380 exploded on a flight from Singapore to Australia. In September a Singapore Airlines A380 engine failed on a flight from Paris to Singapore. Following the most recent A380 engine failure, stock for Rolls Royce and EADS, the parent company of Airbus, took a beating.

A380 engine failure rains parts on elementary school

Quantas, Australia’s national airline, grounded its entire fleet of six Airbus A380s after a Rolls Royce engine on one of the massive airliners exploded six minutes after it departed Singapore’s Changi Airport. Pieces of the engine ripped through the A380′s wing. Others fell on the Indonesian island of Batam. Chunks of the engine fell on the roof of an elementary school. A staffer at the school told The Australian that an explosion was heard and everyone ran outside and saw the plane circling. Shards of metal rained down on the school. Passengers on the plane described an explosion , a loud bang and rattling in the cabin. The plane headed back to Changi airport and made an emergency landing.

The Airbus A380 Superjumbo

In September a Rolls Royce engine on an Airbus A380 flown by Singapore Airlines failed two and a half hours into a flight from Paris to Singapore. The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger jet in the world. It’s a double-decked, wide-body, four-engine behemoth nicknamed “Superjumbo.” The A380 seats 525 passengers in a three-class configuration or as many as 853 people in all-coach configuration. It can fly nonstop from New York to Hong Kong cruising at 560 mph. The A380 is designed to fly on three engines. The pilots of the plane bound for Singapore turned around anyway because of the length of the flight.

A380s grounded as stock dives

Singapore Airlines continued operating its 11 A380s after the September engine failure. However, after Quantas grounded its fleet of A380s Thursday, Singapore Airlines followed suit. Rolls Royce and Airbus advised the airline to perform precautionary technical checks on the engines. Rolls Royce stock fell as far as 5.5 percent. Stock in Airbus parent European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., dropped as far as 4.3 percent.

Sources

The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/qantas-grounds-a380s-after-engine-blast/story-fn59niix-1225948047085

Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aJzG6NMdJ_.c

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/04/indonesia.plane.emergency/index.html?npt=NP1

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