Having an interest in aviation, like many people yesterday I took great interest in the developing story in regards to the incident involving an engine of a Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft shortly after takeoff from Singapore as flight QF32 to Sydney yesterday. Brilliantly, nobody was hurt, and the plane safely returned to Singapore.
Of course, the Australian media immediately went on the attack – and as they often do – have produced a completely unbalanced response to the situation. For example:
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“Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are the only operators of A380s powered by the Trent 900 engine, the biggest and newest aviation engine built by the renowed British firm at its factory in Derby.”
Firstly, of the 37 A380’s currently in service, 20 of them are with those particular airlines – (six for Qantas, eleven for Singapore Airlines, and three for Lufthansa) – so more than half of the flying examples of the aircraft are fitted with the possibly suspect Trent 900 engine.