November 4, 2011- An engine problem caused a Qantas flight to be diverted to Dubai. The A380 aircraft based out of London had an engine malfunction and forced the London bound plane to land Friday in Dubai.
This incident came one year to the date after an engine on an A380 flight blew out causing Qantas to ground the entire fleet. According to a spokesperson from the airline, a defect in oil quantity was noticed in an engine and that engine was shut down.
The flight was headed to London from Singapore and landed without incident in Dubai, with its 225 passengers and 25 crewmembers safe and sound. One passenger on board was the well-known English comedian, writer and actor Stephen Fry.
He quickly started to send out Tweets about the incident including posting a letter that was distributed by the airline to the passengers about the aircraft’s problem and the inspection that had to be done.
The plane was expected to be grounded through Friday and passengers were being rebooked onto other flights to their destination of London. An airline spokesperson said the engine incident and the engine explosion of a year ago were not related at all.
This has been a difficult week for the Australian airline after a court ordered them to return to flying after the airline grounded its fleet the end of last week over a labor dispute with unions.