15 NOVEMBER 2010
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Rolls-Royce has confirmed that a faulty engine part caused an oil fire which led to a Qantas Airbus A380 having to make an emergency landing at Changi (Singapore).
It noted the problem was "specific to the Trent 900" engine, and in particular a component in the turbine area. Inspections are ongoing and the company said it would be replacing the faulty part in all the engines affected.
Three airlines presently operate the super jumbo with the Rolls engine. The Qantas fleet is grounded, whilst Singapore Airlines has already modified one of the three aircraft already in service. Lufthansa says that any work on their aircraft can be undertaken without changing the schedules. www.rolls-royce.com
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