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Another Qantas plane makes emergency landing in Singapore

Last Updated: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 21:05

Singapore: A Qantas jumbo jet made an emergency landing in Singapore today, the second of the carrier`s aircraft to do in two days, after experiencing engine problems, an airline spokeswoman told AFP.
The Sydney-bound Boeing 747-400 with 412 passengers on board landed safely at Changi Airport without incident, she said.

"Shortly after take-off the captain experienced an issue with one of its engines," the spokeswoman said.

"The aircraft landed safely a short time later without incident."

Changi Airport`s website says the plane, flight QF6, had been scheduled to leave at 7:55 pm (1155 GMT). It was the second incident in as many days involving a Qantas plane.

Yesterday, an Airbus A380 operated by the Australian flag carrier made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore after an engine failed minutes after taking off on the flight from the city-state to Sydney.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said early signs pointed to a "material failure or a design issue" in the Rolls-Royce engines after one exploded just minutes into flight QF32 from Singapore to Sydney yesterday.

The Australian flag carrier immediately grounded its entire fleet of A380 planes after yesterday`s hair-raising incident.

"This is an engine issue and the engines were maintained by Rolls-Royce since being installed on the aircraft," Joyce told reporters in Sydney earlier today.

"We believe that this is most likely some kind of material failure or a design issue... We don`t believe this is related to maintenance in any way."


First Published: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 21:05

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