19 Jan '12, 6am

Qantas A380 blast caused by defective pipe: Probe

Qantas A380 blast caused by defective pipe: Probe

A mid-air engine blast on a Qantas A380 superjumbo that sent shards of metal raining down on an Indonesian island was triggered by a defective pipe, an update on the investigation said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SYDNEY (AFP) - A mid-air engine blast on a Qantas A380 superjumbo that sent shards of metal raining down on an Indonesian island was triggered by a defective pipe, an update on the investigation said on Thursday. On Nov 4, 2010, flight QF32 out of Singapore experienced an engine failure en route to Sydney, with the explosion punching a hole in the wing of the aircraft and showering debris on Batam island. No-one was injured, but an emergency landing in a trail of smoke dented Qantas's reputation for safety and prompted the carrier to ground all its Airbus A380s. In an interim report, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said a 'sequence of events' led ...

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