Oil leaks discovered in some Qantas super-jumbo engines
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Qantas airlines has announced that it will keep its Airbus A380 super-jumbos grounded for at least three more days after finding oil leaks in some engines. This follows a serious incident last week when an engine broke apart in mid flight, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Singapore.
Qantas Chief executive Alan Joyce said rigorous testing had uncovered the anomalies on the Rolls-Royce engines on three separate aircraft, pushing back the return to action of the long-haul planes by 72 hours.
"The oil leaks were beyond normal tolerances," Joyce told journalists in Sydney on Monday. "All of these engines are new engines. At this stage, Qantas does not expect to operate the A380 fleet for at least another 72 hours."
Qantas has not had a fatal jet crash in 90 years, but has suffered from two incidents in just a week.
In the second one, a Qantas Boeing 747 also had to turn back to Singapore after another model of Rolls-Royce engine also failed in mid-air.
The A380 is the world's biggest commercial jet, servicing lucrative routes from Los Angeles and London to Australia's major cities of Sydney and Melbourne.