Qantas forced to turn off engine during flight, again

A Qantas Airways Airbus A380 was forced to take a diversion from its scheduled flight from Singapore to London, due to an oil problem, causing one of its four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to shut down.

Flight QF31 flew for around two-and-a-half hours with only three functioning engines before landing safely in Dubai. The aircraft had 250 passengers and 25 members of staff who all disembarked safely.

Avid Twitter user Stephen Fry was a passenger onboard this flight tweeted his reactions: ”Bugger. Forced to land in Dubai. An engine has decided not to play.” Adding: ”I should in all conscience add that staff are being wonderful & that morale is high and the passengers understanding & cheerful.” 

He colourfully expressed anger at leaving his wallet on the grounded flight: “I’ve left my wallet on the sodding plane. Hell’s teeth this really isn’t my day.” 

This isn’t the first time Qantas has had engine-related problems. Almost exactly one year ago, in November 2010, a fault in a Trent 900 oil feed tube caused the number two engine of a Qantas A380 to fail, resulting in an emergency landing in Singapore. Oddly similar to today’s events.

Qantas isn’t having much luck recently, as earlier this week it was forced to ground its fleet due to a dispute with its staff and unions, before resuming limited flights. All of these incidents are continuing to put a strain on Qantas’ revenue.

Related blog posts

Airline Business: The Qantas A380 drama – QF32 a year on

Learmount: Handling The Big Jet: the human story of QF32


This post was written by Rebecca Springfield

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