An Airbus information telex to all A380 operators was dispatched by the manufacturer on 17 November informing them, basically, of what the crew of flight QF32 had to deal with when their No 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine suffered an uncontained engine failure.
Provided to Flightglobal by an industry source, it is intended to provide operators with a picture of what systems remained undamaged despite the extensive harm to the airframe, particularly the wing leading edge close to the engine. This is what it says:
"This [information telex] has been approved for release by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau who leads the on-going ICAO Annex 13 investigation.
"The second R-R inspection programme applicable to the Trent 900 engine family and covered by EASA engine airworthiness directive has been published allowing continuous operations of the fleet. Together with its partners, Airbus is providing support to the operators for engine logistics to minimise interruptions to the fleet.
"One single high energy fragment is considered from a certification requirement viewpoint. The damage assessment has established that the intermediate pressure turbine disc released three different high energy fragments, resulting in some structural and systems damage, with associated ECAM warnings. Therefore the crew had to manage a dynamic situation.
"Despite the situation, amongst the various available systems supporting the crew to operate the aircraft and return safely to Singapore were: