Airbus confirms that an A380 aircraft operated by Qantas was involved in an in flight engine failure during flight QF32 from Singapore to Sydney, on 4th November 2010. The aircraft, registration number VH-OQA, Manufacturer Serial Number 14, was delivered to Qantas on 19th September 2008 and had logged around 8165 flight hours and 831 flight cycles as of today. It is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
Preliminary reports indicate that the aircraft suffered an engine failure after take-off from Singapore. It performed an in flight turn back and landed safely back in Singapore.
There were 440 passengers and 26 crew on board. No injuries were reported.
In line with the ICAO Annex 13 international convention, Airbus will provide full technical assistance to the French BEA as well as to the Australian authorities who will be responsible for the accident investigation. A team of specialists from Airbus is being dispatched to Singapore.
Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed. However, the investigation remains the entire responsibility of the relevant authorities