Posts Tagged ‘A380’


[BBC News] An Airbus A380 plane operated by Singapore Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing in Azerbaijan due to loss of cabin pressure.

Oxygen masks were released ahead of the emergency landing

Oxygen masks were released ahead of the emergency landing. Picture: BBC / Amelia Yeh

The plane was flying from London to Singapore and had 467 passengers and 27 crew members on board.

The airline said that oxygen masks were deployed and the aircraft landed “uneventfully” at the Baku airport.

It said that none of the passengers or crew was injured and that it was investigating what caused the problem.

“We are seeking clearance from local authorities to transfer affected customers to a hotel until a replacement aircraft arrives from Singapore,” a spokesman for the airline said in a statement.

In response to passenger reports that it was because of a faulty door, a Singapore Airlines spokesman said that “on the earlier flight into London there was a noise reported from one of the main deck doors”.

But he added that “the door was inspected by engineers on the ground in London with no findings, and the aircraft was cleared for continued operation”.

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBC News
6th Jan, 2014


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[Daily Mail] We may have all experienced turbulence on flights, but when a rough patch is so bad that the ceiling ends up covered in coffee then you know it’s serious.

Meals ended up in aisles and coffee on the ceiling after plane lost altitude. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Meals ended up in aisles & coffee on the ceiling after plane lost altitude. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Passengers on a recent Singapore Airlines flight were left surrounded by a chaotic mess after their flight fell 20 metres when it hit severe turbulence. A total of 11 passengers and one crew member were injured on flight SQ308 from Singapore to London last Sunday.

Flight attendants were told to immediately take their seats just before the aircraft hit the turbulence

Flight attendants were told to immediately take their seats just before the aircraft hit the turbulence. Picture: Daily Mail / Alan Cross

One passenger on the flight, who saw his coffee end up on the ceiling, managed to take pictures of the destruction which he posted to Instagram.

Alan Cross told ABC News that passengers had been warned to expect turbulence and that the breakfast service would be temporarily suspended.

A short while after the seat belt sign came on, the captain issued an abrupt order for all flight attendants to take their seats immediately.

Coffee can be seen on the ceiling of the Singapore to Heathrow flight following the turbulence.

Coffee can be seen on the ceiling of the Singapore to Heathrow flight following the turbulence. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Mr Cross said the subsequent turbulence felt ‘like being in an elevator with a cut cable or free-falling from some amusement park ride.’

He said everything that was not tied down, including people, hit the ceiling.

The airline told The Australian: ‘Eleven passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries when the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of altitude and were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at Heathrow Airport.

Seat-belt signs were on at the time and meal services had already been suspended.’ ……

Read the whole story with more pictures and video at The Mail Online …..


The Mail Online
4th June, 2013



[Reuters] – Australia’s Qantas took its repaired A380 superjumbo back to the skies on Saturday, resuming a 3,900 mile (6,300 km) journey dramatically interrupted 18 months ago when one of its engines blew up over Indonesia.

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

After $140 million of repairs, the world’s largest jetliner took off for Sydney shortly before midnight, carrying Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce and members of the crew that safely landed the crippled Airbus in Singapore with 440 passengers on board.

“She’s running a little late… 18 months,” Joyce earlier told reporters under the left wing of the big jet, which was sprayed by shrapnel as the engine blew apart shortly after take-off from Singapore in November 2010.

The return to service of the flagship European jetliner ends a harrowing episode for the airline, plane maker Airbus (EAD.PA) and engine supplier Rolls-Royce (RR.L).

Investigators have blamed the incident on a potential manufacturing flaw at Britain’s Rolls-Royce, which endured blunt criticism from Joyce following the Trent 900 engine explosion.

Qantas and Airbus said the aircraft is safe and nearly as good as new after going through what they described as the biggest repair job on a single aircraft in aviation history.

The only visible scars are two patches of metal under the left wing where it was pierced by debris, some of which shot out at an angle that narrowly missed the top of the fuselage….

Read the full Reuters story…..


By Harry Suhartono
SINGAPORE | Sat Apr 21



An Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 (EK-384) from Bangkok, Thailand to Hong Kong landed with two blown right-hand main tyres.

The Emirates Airbus A380 sits on the Runway at Hong Kong Airport with Blown Tires

The Emirates Airbus A380 sits on the Runway at Hong Kong Airport with Blown Tires

The disabled aircraft vacated the runway via high speed turn off stopping just past the hold short line. The passengers disembarked onto the taxiway via mobile stairs about one hour after landing.

The northern runway 07L/25R was closed for about 4 hours until the aircraft was towed off the taxiway. The runway had been estimated to return to service by 23:30Z (07:30L Apr 8th Hong Kong Time), about 14 hours after landing.

Passengers reported they saw sparks from an engine at the right hand side and noticed a burning smell, the crew quickly announced they had burst tyres. An observer on the ground reported maintenance staff were replacing a number of tyres.

Sources at Hong Kong Airport report the aircraft suffered an anti-skid failure on landing resulting in brakes blocking and causing two main wheels to be ground down to the axle.

Read the full Aviation Herald story here….


Airbus’ new A380 superjumbo has come under scrutiny over its safety record yet again – after Singapore Airlines had to shut down an engine mid-air and turn back three hours into a flight.

The double-decker plane, which was carrying 430 passengers to Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday was in the air for three hours when crew reported a surge in one of its four Rolls-Royce engines.

Pilots shut down the engine, turned flight SQ26 around and landed safely back in Singapore using the three other engines, the airline said.

Scrutiny: Airbus' new A380 superjumbo has come under fire again, after Singapore Airlines had to shut down an engine and return a flight to Singapore yesterday

  • Double-decker £250m plane was carrying 430 passengers to Germany
  • Forced to turn back when crew reported surge in one of four engines
  • Latest safety concern to hit world’s largest passenger jet

The passengers were transferred to another plane which later took off to Frankfurt.

‘The aircraft is capable of flying safely on three engines and at no time was the safety of our customers and crew compromised,’ Singapore Airlines said in a statement.

It did not specify the model of the engine involved, but the airline and Rolls-Royce said they would thoroughly inspect it and investigate what happened…….

Full Daily Mail article here:


Daily Mail Reporter
28 March 2012