Qantas probes mid-air engine malfunction

2012-08-13 10:01

Sydney - Australian carrier Qantas Airways said on Monday it was investigating after an Airbus jet carrying 254 passengers suffered an engine problem over Perth.

In the incident late on Sunday, the twin-engined A330, which had flown from Sydney, experienced "an engine control system fault", the airline said.

"Engineers are currently investigating the cause," a spokesperson for the airline said, adding that the flight landed safely and without incident.

The spokesperson was unable to confirm reports that the flight lost some power to one engine, and was reduced to "idle power" at 3 000 feet, saying this would form part of the investigation.

Qantas is struggling with soaring fuel costs and worsening global conditions and recently warned its underlying profit before tax was expected to drop from $583m last year to $53m-$106m.

But the airline has a strong reputation for safety, with the Australian flag-carrier never experiencing a fatal jet crash in 90 years.

In November 2010, an engine on a Qantas Airbus A380 exploded after taking off from Singapore but the aircraft returned safely to the city state.

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-08-13 11:17

    The motor on the A380 was a RR Trent-800 and not the A330 motor which is more likely as not to be a GE CF6/Series 63. No relationship between the two apart from being the same airline. Typical journo ignoramus.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-08-13 16:33

      Quite correctly spotted BD. But because mention is made of it in the same article, the link is intended, even though, technically, the two incidents are dissociated. The hassle that always emerges on aircraft/airline reporting is that readers are inclined, perhaps understandably, to jump to conclusions. The reporter is interested in effect first; facts, accuracy and clarity are secondary.

      bd.lowry - 2012-08-13 18:06

      I can see your points and tend to agree. I think it has to do with any reporting thse days though.

  • bd.lowry - 2012-08-13 13:39

    I don't see the journalist linking the two engines as being the same in the article. Just merely sating fact.

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