Europe orders more checks on A380 engines made by Rolls-Royce

11/10/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The ·

Rolls-Royce and the European Aviation Safety Agency believe an oil leak caused an uncontained engine failure on an Airbus A380 last week, and new inspections of the Trent 900 engine have been ordered. EASA says engine parts and performance should be checked after every flight, a requirement that could force airlines to adjust schedules to allow for more time between flights. On Wednesday, Singapore Airlines removed three of its A380s from service to replace suspect engines, and Qantas continues to keep its entire fleet grounded, though service could resume quickly now that regulators and the engine's manufacturer have reached a consensus on the cause of the malfunction.

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