Passengers on the Qantas plane that made an emergency landing in Singapore said they heard two loud bangs approximately 15 minutes after the plane took off. According to CNN (11/04/10), the covering on the engine fell off the plane, which was carrying 440 passengers and 26 crewmembers, and the engine shut down. There were three other engines on the plane.
Shortly after the covering detached, the pilot made an announcement that there was a technical issue with the number 2 engine and they would be turning back to Singapore. The plane landed safely with no injuries reported on the plane; however, injuries were reported on the Indonesian island of Batam, where the debris landed. A teacher and a student were reportedly injured by the falling debris.
Following the incident, Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet until an investigation into the incident is complete. The engine is manufactured by Rolls-Royce, the same company that manufactured an engine that exploded on a Qantas 747-400 plane on August 30, 2010, flying between San Francisco and Sydney, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (11/05/10). That explosion resulted in holes being torn in the engine cover.
READ MORE AIRPLANE CRASH LEGAL NEWS
As a result of these concerns, the NTSB is holding a hearing to determine what is being done to ensure that both regional and major carriers are held to the highest safety standards.