Qantas engine suffers another ‘low engine failure’By ANI
Sunday, January 16, 2011
SYDNEY - Qantas Flight QF11 failed to take off to Los Angeles on Saturday after one of its engines suffered a complete failure. There were 344 passengers onboard.
News.com.au quoted passengers as saying that they heard a “loud bang” and later noticed black smoke coming out of the damaged engine.
The captain then reportedly announced over the intercom that the engine was completely damaged.
A Qantas spokeswoman said the plane was cleared for take-off when its engine failed.
“As it was taxiing for take-off, it had a low-speed engine failure of the number one engine. There was a noise and an indication in the cockpit … it was a contained engine failure, there was no fire,” she said.
The passengers were transferred to another aircraft, which took off at 7.38pm.
Qantas had to ground its entire A380 fleet in November last year after one of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines exploded mid-air shortly after take-off from Singapore.
The total cost of grounding its entire fleet of A380s, and replacing 16 of the A380 engines, has been estimated at 80 million dollars. (ANI)