Deutsche Lufthansa AG said one of its Airbus SAS A380 jets aborted taxiing before takeoff from Frankfurt airport after the pilot requested a check on the plane’s undercarriage.
Preliminary checks on the front wheel didn’t find anything out of order, Thomas Jachnow, a spokesman for the Cologne, Germany-based airline, said by phone. Passengers on the plane, which was due to depart for Tokyo at 1.30 p.m. local time, were shuttled back to the terminal and were set to board a replacement A380 after a four-hour delay, he said.
The incident had no connection to the plane’s Rolls-Royce Group Plc Trent 900 engines, Jachnow said, adding that inspections over the weekend showed the turbines were fine. Qantas Airways Ltd. grounded its fleet of six A380s after an engine of the same build exploded in mid-flight on Nov. 4, causing an emergency landing. Qantas, Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Lufthansa all replaced engines on their A380s last week.
A Qantas Boeing Co. 747 bound for Buenos Aires returned to Sydney after pilots saw smoke in the cockpit, a spokesman said today, becoming at least the fourth flight turned around by the carrier in less than two weeks. The plane landed safely and there were no injuries.