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July 4, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The cabin crew of the Qantas A380 that came close to disaster when one of its four engines exploded over Indonesia in 2010 have launched a class action against engine maker Rolls-Royce.

The claim is for compensation for “non-economic loss and in some cases for economic loss because they couldn’t work as a result of the trauma”, in the words of a barrister involved in the case. HH250x250-1

The ABC News 7.30 Report disclosed that lawyers are encouraging passengers to join in the action.

The class action is off to a strong start. The Supreme Court in Sydney has ordered Qantas to hand over its passenger manifest for the ill-fated flight. There were 449 passengers aboard.

There are no claims against Qantas in the case.

The 7.30 Report featured an interview with a passenger and one of the flight attendants.

The flight attendant, Sandy Lam, recounted how scared she was when a double explosion rang out and the aircraft shuddered twice. It turned out she had heard an explosion in engine number two.

A passenger described watching a seat-back video screen and seeing what appeared to be white smoke billowing from one of the engines.

“We could all see that there was something terribly wrong.”

Lam, 31, had travelled the world in her job at Qantas but she has since found flying too stressful, ABC viewers heard. With 18 other flight attendants, she is suing the makers of the Trent 900 engine, Rolls Royce, for the ongoing trauma the cabin crew experience.

Accident investigators have blamed the explosion, which blew away a large chunk of the engine cowling, on a manufacturing defect in an oil-feed pipe in the Rolls-Royce engine.

In 2011, Rolls-Royce reached a AUD 95 million settlement with Qantas over the disruption and aircraft groundings that followed the incident.

Now it’s the turn of crew members and, it seems, passengers.

Written by : Peter Needham

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