A Qantas Airways Ltd. Airbus SAS A380 made an emergency landing in Singapore after one of its four Rolls-Royce Group Plc engines failed.
The inside left engine had scorch marks and part of the cover was blown off, according to TV footage. The flight, QF32, was headed to Sydney from Singapore with 433 passengers and 26 crew onboard, according to a statement from the carrier. It landed at 11:45 a.m.
An explosion occurred while the aircraft was flying over Indonesia’s Batam island, Bambang Ervan, a spokesman at the nation’s transport ministry, said by telephone from Jakarta. Qantas shares tumbled in Sydney following media reports that the plane had crashed. The stock rebounded after the airline denied this.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the engine problem, Qantas spokeswoman Sophia Connelly said by phone. Rolls-Royce’s Singapore-based spokesman Jonathan Webster wasn’t immediately available for comment when called by Bloomberg News.
Qantas, which has never suffered a fatal crash, tumbled from A$2.97 to A$2.82 in three minutes in Sydney trading. It later closed at A$2.89, up 0.7 percent from yesterday.
The plane was parked in an isolated area at Singapore’s Changi Airport, with at least four fire trucks in attendance. The damaged engine was sprayed with water as passengers disembarked.
Indonesia’s Metro TV showed images of debris from an engine cowling painted in the Qantas design and other airplane parts on the ground near buildings on Batam island. Civilians and men in officials’ uniforms carried pieces, some requiring two people to maneuver, into a nearby building.
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