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Qantas A380 turns back to LAX after engine blast

May 22, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A Qantas A380 flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne at the weekend was forced to turn back after an engine failed with a loud bang, sparks and streaks of flame before the captain shut it down.

The incident happened about two hours into Qantas flight QF94. The Airbus A380-800 was carrying 480 people, many of whom ended up sleeping on the floor back at Los Angeles International Airport.

The Aviation Herald said the outboard right-hand engine (a Rolls-Royce Trent 972) “emitted a bang and streaks of flames and sparks prompting the flight crew to shut the engine down”.

The flight landed safely about four hours and 15 minutes after departure.

Qantas confirmed the incident, telling the Sydney Morning Herald pilots followed standard procedure in shutting down the engine and turning the flight around. Engineers were inspecting the aircraft.

A replacement flight, a A380, was expected to land in Melbourne about 10pm last night.

A passenger, Darren Sudgen, told News Limited “there was an explosion from outside. We saw flames and sparks flying past the window”.

Another passenger, Rod Olsen, posted on Twitter the following message: “#Qantas this is not what I signed up for! Engine shut down mid flight, return back to LAX and had to sleep on floor like I was homeless.”

He added a video showing passengers sleeping sprawled on the floor and on seats in the terminal, with the Qantas plane, named Hudson Fysh (a founder of Qantas), waiting outside.

In another tweet, Olsen added: “Not an ideal situation last night but the pilot and staff were all very professional and we were all returned to LAX safely.”

Written by Peter Needham

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