Published on : Thursday, June 29, 2017
The flight QF93 was about an hour into its journey.
Suddenly, the flight crew members observed a loss of engine oil. Stephan Moynihan, the spokesperson of Qantas said that the captain made the decision to land in Sydney in order to ensure that the fault is fixed without delay instead of choosing to continue the 14-hour flight.
Mr. Moynihan apologized to the passengers on behalf of Qantas for the interruption of their journey but then added that safety is the most important priority of Qantas.
The aircraft comprises a four-engine A380 carrying up to 484 passengers. Currently, it would be inspected carefully by engineers.
Though the plane’s engine was ‘set to idle’ on account of the oil leak, it was not shut down. Just about a month ago, another A380 was forced to turn back to Los Angeles two hours after its take off when its engine started overheating and losing power consequently. The flight was headed towards Melbourne.
Passengers reported observing flames.
But then, Qantas insisted that the engine did not catch fire and was simply ‘sparking’. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is presently investigating the incident.