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Dubai-bound A380 flight forced to return to Sydney

Qantas jet with 410 passengers on board spent 8 hours in air before returning due to engine problem

Dubai-bound A380 flight forced to return to Sydney
Qantas A380 Airbus (Getty Images)

A Qantas A380 flight from Melbourne to Dubai was forced to return to Sydney after eight hours in the air on Tuesday morning.

The aircraft turned back over South Australia, and spent a significant period of time in a holding pattern over New South Wales after it experienced engineering problems.

A Qantas spokesman said the superjumbo, which had 410 passengers on board, had experienced a “slight vibration issue” with one of its engines during the flight, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The newspaper said that the engine in question was vibrating above its normal threshold.

After leaving Melbourne Airport at 11pm, the A380 eventually landed in Sydney at 6.50am the next day. It resumed the journey to Dubai at 9.24am this morning.

“The aircraft was approximately three hours into its flight from Melbourne to Dubai last night when the captain chose to return the aircraft to Sydney because of an engineering issue and the availability of another aircraft in Sydney,” a Qantas statement said.

“One of the engines had a slight vibration issue which was monitored by the crew and also our operations team in Sydney.”

In 2010, an ‘uncontained explosion’ of a Rolls-Royce engine on a Qantas A380 flight that had just taken off from Singapore en route to Sydney forced the pilots to make an emergency landing. That incident forced several carriers to ground their A380 fleets.

Last year, a fuel pump issue forced another Qantas A380 travelling between Dubai and Sydney to make an emergency landing in Perth.

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