'Burn marks' on Singapore A380 wiring

2011-02-03 10:30

Singapore - Singapore Airlines (SIA) said on Thursday it found burn marks on electrical wiring in an Airbus A380 superjumbo after smoke entered a lavatory during a flight earlier this week.

The flight crew activated an extinguisher after smelling smoke coming from one of the aircraft's toilets while the plane was approaching Changi Airport from Hong Kong, said S Supramaniam, an airline spokesperson.

"When the plane landed, our ground crew inspected the aircraft and they discovered some burn marks on some electrical wirings underneath the lavatory, on the cargo hold," he told AFP.

"Airbus and SIA are investigating the matter. We have also inspected all the other A380s and nothing was found."

Supramaniam said there was no fire and the plane landed safely without incident.

SIA became the first airline in the world to commercially fly the double-decker A380 in October 2007. It has 11 A380s in its fleet.

In November last year, an explosion ripped through one engine of an A380 operated by Qantas shortly after takeoff from Singapore with 466 people aboard, forcing it to turn back and make an emergency landing.

  • Jou-Ma - 2011-02-03 10:48

    Maybe someone had extra chillies on their meal....

  • Gorilla - 2011-02-03 11:00

    These 380's are a bit of a worry. i think it's a matter of time until there's a major incident with them.

      semaj - 2011-02-03 11:31

      Let us not talk any further, Airbus in general are problematic, SAA's are the most uncomfortable of them all.

  • comment5286 - 2011-02-03 11:30

    They don't know what caused the burn marks . But they continue flying the A380's? Thats just not on.

  • nixcroft - 2011-02-03 11:36

    Singapore is mentioned in all the incidents. Did the Qantas flight have inspection or service done at that airport ? Could be shoddy workmanship with the tech teams at that airport. Remember that if the insulation melts and starts smoking on a cable at point a the problem could be 20 meters away... And yes, like Gorilla said... all these are 380s...and Airbus... The French plane that went down in the Atlantic last year was also an Airbus. Not sure what one though.

      ukgnld - 2011-02-03 14:25

      It was an A330, same as the Al Afriqiyah plane that crashed on landing in Libya lasy tear. And the plane that crashed in the sea where the only survivor was a 15 yr old girl was an Airbus A310.

  • graham.christensen1 - 2011-02-03 11:43

    Gorilla I share your sentiments... but have you flown in one? Even in cattle class they are very comfortable and the smoothest and quietest flight I've ever had. Hopefully they fix all these problems before a serious incident.

  • brian.enslin - 2011-02-03 14:39

    Facts People!! First off the Qantas A380 suffered an oil fire in the engine, caused by fatigue cracking of an oil pipe. It had nothing to do with Singapore Airport maintenance facilities, or the maintenance principles of Singapore Airlines. The only link this incident has with Singapore - The plane landed at the airport after the incident. The Air France Airbus that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 was an Airbus A330. It was the first time an Airbus A330 had ever crashed. The cause of this crash is still unknown. The aircraft crashed in a heavy storm, which could lead to numerous problems, mainly the loss of the pilot's Situational Awareness. The integrity and design of the aircraft could have played no role in the accident In a comparison between Boeing and Airbus, Boeing hass had 201 aircraft accidents vs Airbus 66. This is misleading since there are more Boeing's than Airbus commercial liners in operation. For example the Boeing 737 has been involved in 138 accidents (but it is also the most widely used commercial liner in the world). The point of this is, just because its an Airbus, does not mean its unsafe.

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