Airbus Engine Investigation Welcomed By Travel Lawyer

Expert In Aviation Law Talks About Recent Engine Explosion

02.12.2010

An expert in aviation law from solicitors Irwin Mitchell has welcomed the findings of investigations into what caused an engine explosion on an Airbus A380 operated by Qantas.

Investigators found that a potential manufacturing fault in the Trent 900 engine may have been the cause of the incident which took place on a flight between Singapore and Sydney in November 2010.

The airline was forced to ground all of its A380s following the incident and it has now emerged that a misaligned counter-boring could have thinned the wall of an oil pipe and led to a leak which caused the fire.

Clive Garner of Irwin Mitchell said: "While this discovery is clearly a matter of concern, at the same time it is a relief that the probable cause of the problem had been identified. The discovery should mean thorough checks are now urgently undertaken on all other Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines and remedial action taken where necessary."

Garner continued "Our work means that we see the life-changing and devastating impact that aircraft crashes can have on both those directly involved and their loved ones. This includes acting for the families of those who have tragically died in other incidents involving Airbus aircraft.

"We hope that every step is taken by aircraft manufacturers, airlines and others in the industry to ensure that the safety of passengers always comes first."

Qantas is now understood to have commenced legal action against Rolls-Royce, the manufacturers of the engine.