Another Jet Fails over Indonesia

Another Qantas plane has had to return to Singapore after an engine failure.

A Qantas spokeswoman has confirmed QF6 from Singapore to Sydney experienced a problem shortly after take-off at 9:17pm (local time).

She said the plane turned back within 30 minutes after takeoff.

“Shortly after take-off the captain experienced an issue with one of its engines,” the spokeswoman said.

The Boeing 747-400 had 412 passengers on board and 19 crew.

The spokeswoman could not confirm whether the plane carried any crew or passengers from the Airbus A380 which suffered engine problems on Thursday.

The spokeswoman says they are waiting to speak to the flight crew for more information.

Meanwhile, most of the Qantas passengers who endured yesterday’s mid-air emergency have landed in Sydney.

Australian officials are in Singapore to take control of the investigation into why an engine on the Qantas Airbus A380 exploded just minutes after leaving Changi airport.

The 321 of 433 passengers onboard yesterday’s QF32 flight from Singapore have touched down on a special flight just before 9:00pm (AEST) Friday.

Qantas customers elsewhere, though, are facing delays as the airline keeps all its A380s grounded for thorough checks.

Chief executive Alan Joyce has apologised for the inconvenience, but says the airline’s safety is paramount.

He also hit back at claims that the engine failure in Singapore was due to offshore maintenance of the A380s.

Qantas has been scrambling to find enough planes to get their passengers to Los Angeles, and special queues were set up at Melbourne Airport to deal with passengers that were supposed to be flying today.

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