In another major incident for Qantas, a Boeing 747 from Sydney to Los Angeles was forced to stop just before take off after an engine explosion. Flight QF11 was ready for take off when passengers heard a loud bang and smoke coming out of one of the engines. The pilot then announced that the engine "was cooked" and the plane returned to the airport.
Experts sais that engine sustained a ''contained turbine blade failure''. Passengers were transferred to another Qantas flight and left Sydney after 4 hours.
The incident occurred on the same day that Qantas had restarted the A380 service to the US. Qantas had grounded it's enitire A380 fleet after a midair engine explosion occurred in one of their flights after take off from Singapore. Investigations revealed an oil leakage in the Rolls Royce engine in many of the A380s.
The present incident appeared to be an isolated problem and authorites are confident it has nothing to do with a defective engine. With already a lot of negative publicity and huge losses beacsue of the A380 grounding, Qantas is struggling to get back customer support. Several Australians feel that outsourcing the airplane maintenance is the main reason, but authorities say that the aircrafts are still serviced at authorised and highly specialised centers in Asia which also service other aircrafts.
Investigations are being done on this Boeing 747 engine and more updates are expected