A380 engine shuts down during flight

2011-07-26 10:00

Singapore - An A380 superjumbo operated by Singapore Airlines Ltd was forced to return to Singapore airport after experiencing engine problems about 20 minutes into the flight, a spokesperson for the airline said on Tuesday.

One of the aircraft's four engines shut down after encountering "surge and high vibration" as the aircraft was ascending on its way to Hong Kong late on Monday, the spokesperson said.

The A380 with 368 passengers and 21 crew on board returned to Singapore and landed safely about one hour after takeoff, she said. No one was injured.

The incident was the latest in a series of troubles involving the A380, made by European manufacturer Airbus SAS, and equipped with engines by Rolls-Royce Group Plc.

In November, an A380 flown by Australian airline Qantas was forced to a safe emergency landing in Singapore after an engine explosion.

Last month, a Singapore Airlines superjumbo had to return to Hong Kong due to problems with its landing gear.

Singapore's flag carrier was the first airline to operate the A380 in October 2007.

It currently has a fleet of 12 A380s in service with seven more on firm order.

  • Blankmastermind - 2011-07-26 13:05

    Weird all the aircraft that have been having problems seem to be Airbus related. Guess when you buy subsidized hardware you will run into issues.

      Kenpachi - 2011-07-26 13:52

      I agree,..this is not the 1st time a A380 airbus had engin issues. The one en route from Brazil to France were also a A380,..Nice plane but i'll stay at home before getting on these planes.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-07-26 17:58

      It's not the airbus that has the issues, but the Rolse Royce engines. All the trouble Quantas had with their Airbus A380 engines were from Rolse royce engines. - 2011-07-30 09:13

      @ Martin du Plessis: Sure I'm going to believe someone who can't even SPELL Rolls Royce. Kind of destroys any belief that you actually know ANYTHING about aircraft engines. Keep your personal beliefs at home and not on a public forum where you will be shot down in flames like the idiot you are.

  • Ebrahim - 2011-07-26 16:18

    the one from brazil to france was a A330 not a A380, The A380 has been released with different engines, eg Emirates which have no problems. The engine on Singapore or Qantas has the same Rolls Royce engines. Thats where the problem lies.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-07-26 17:59

      And the Pratt and Whitney engines on other A380, Emirates Airways for Example, have NO problem, and have been reported to have slightly better preformance outputs too. - 2011-07-30 09:14

      @ Martin du Plessis: IDIOT !

  • Daniel du Plessis - 2011-07-30 08:29

    Kenpachi is not correct Airfrance used the Airbus A320 on the Rio to Paris route. That is the same aircraft SAA has bought and telling us how modern and marvelous they are. They are indeed, puty that they do seem to have certain technical issues. The A380 is an incredible aircraft to fly in. I have done so on 3 different airlines and all were great. As Martin says it seems to be the engine and as I understand it is somethign to do with the oil and heating of the oil!

      JP - 2011-07-30 14:14

      Daniel you are also wrong - the aircraft type on the Rio to Paris router was an A330. And incidentally, there is nothing wrong with Airbus product - Air France accident was pilot error and Airbus is not responsible for engines - thats another manufacturer altogether.

      tryanything - 2011-07-30 15:06

      Made in China??

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