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Qantas A380 diverted with engine trouble

November 5, 2011

A Qantas A380 super jumbo carrying 258 passengers has diverted to Dubai with engine trouble, one year to the day after a major mid-air incident over Indonesia.

But it wasn’t the same aircraft, because the plane involved in the first incident is still being repaired in Singapore.

In the latest incident, the pilot of flight QF31, flying from Singapore to London, noticed a problem with oil pressure on the number four engine four hours into the flight.

“As a result of that, the captain shut down engine number four and decided it was absolutely important to divert to Dubai,” Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth told reporters in Canberra.

“Two and a half hours later, this aircraft has arrived safely.”

She said that at no stage was there any safety risk.

Passengers would be provided with accommodation overnight or placed on alternative flights with other carriers.

Ms Wirth said it was a complete coincidence the incident happened on the anniversary of a mid-air drama involving flight QF32 in 2010.

Then, a Sydney-bound Qantas Airbus A380 made an emergency landing in Singapore following a mid-air engine explosion.

The flight, carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew, experienced an uncontained engine failure as it flew over the Indonesian island of Batam, raining debris onto the ground.

Ms Wirth said the two incidents were not related.

“It will be a priority of ours to work out exactly what the particular problem is in this engine,” she said.

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