While still reeling from the A380 engine blowout incident in early November (see news), Qantas has again had to ground another aircraft today, November 15, 2010. The Boeing B747 was taken out of service due to “an issue with the aircraft’s electrical system”.
Flight QF17, carrying 199 passengers, departed from Sydney at 1111 for Buenos Aires but had to turn back and landed safely at Sydney Airport at 1322.
A statement from Qantas said: “Engineers are inspecting the aircraft to determine the cause of the issue”.
Meanwhile, Qantas’ six A380s remain grounded until its top executives feel confident they have concluded all possible investigations. Findings have revealed that oil leaks on the Trent 900 engines, manufactured by Rolls-Royce for the superjumbos, caused the accident.
Rolls-Royce also confirmed that the malfunction was specific to the Trent 900 engine and has advised that all airlines using this model – Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Airlines – to replace their engines.
The airline has updated its schedule to replace the grounded aircraft and maintain minimum disruption to passengers.
For more information, visit www.qantas.com.au