Mid-air engine explosion for Qantas

Posted Nov 5, 2010 by Robert G Cope
Qantas flight 32 en route to Sydney returned to Singapore after the number 2 engine had, according to the captain, a "technical issue." Reports from passangers and the media report an explosion, confirmed by photo evidence.
The double-decker Airbus A380 landed safely with 459 people aboard after one of the Rolls-Royce s en...
The double-decker Airbus A380 landed safely with 459 people aboard after one of the Rolls-Royce's engine blew out.
Qantas Airways Limited.
Qantas' blown engine resulted in grounding its six four-engine A380s. This engine exploded en route Singapore to Sydney – over the island of Batam. Qantas flight QF32 returned to Singapore.
My flight from Hong Kong – years ago – was also to Sydney. An engine failed (no explosion) so we landed at a fine airstrip in the Philippines – Manila.
No spare engines in Manila so the 200 or so of us are delivered to an ocean-side resort. All expenses are paid for two full days – even tourist visits into Manilla are on Qantas's cuff. A new engine was to be flown in and attached.
As it was the off-season, there was no entertainment at the hotel. Some passengers went to the nearby beach. Otherwise there were the boys in the hotel parking lot offering their 'sisters.' Some of the enterprising lads (large families) offered more than one sister. Each boy carried several photographs, “See mister ....”
The plane now on the ground in Singapore, the world's largest aircraft, the A380 is built in France. The Rolls-Royce engine is built in England. After the Qantas engine had what is described as an “explosive shut down,”chunks of engine housing fell off (no one hurt) landing on Batam.
From the bridge, moments after the bang and smoke, the Captain announces, “We have a technical issue with the number 2 engine.”
Jean-Paul Troadec, the director of the French agency probing what went wrong, is quoted as saying, “It is obvious that normally housing should not fall off mid-flight.”
Unfortunately, no resort-time for the passengers – some reporting feeling terror. They were soon directed to an American-built replacement aircraft, a Boeing 747.
As this report goes to press, with Qantas A380s grounded, there are follow-on flight delays across the Pacific for the airline, proudly, never having a flight fatality.