RollsRoyce questioned on QF engine troubles

first_imgRolls-Royce Australia has denied the company knew about problems with the engines before last November’s mid-air explosion involving a Qantas A380 jet.Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald at the Avalon air show, Rolls-Royce Australia Services’ chief executive Andrew Dudgeon said the company was not aware of any known problem with the A380 engine before the accident, which occurred over Batam Island on November 4.But Mr Dudgeon told the newspaper he could not confirm whether details from the European Aviation Safety Agency about two subsequent modifications were sent for re-certification.”Nothing flies without certification,” he said.”We had the [turbine] disc back at Derby (in the United Kingdom) for analysis within two days.”We investigated, isolated and fixed the problem.”He said Rolls-Royce Australia had already placed 350 engineers to investigate the reason for the explosion.Mr Dudgeon said there was no relevance between November’s explosion and an oil problem on a Qantas A380 flight to London on February 15 that caused a partial power loss.”It was only a very small oil leak,” he told the newspaper.”It did not require an engine shutdown.”Problems for the engines have continued recently, after another partial power loss occurred on a Qantas A380 jet on February 24 caused by decreasing oil levels. Qantas said both leaks last month affected different parts of the engine than those involved in the November explosion.Australia’s air safety investigators found a fire from leaking oil led to the QF32 engine explosion, traced to a badly manufactured oil stub pipe.A Qantas spokesperson told E-Travel Blackboard the company was continuing to negotiate compensation terms with Rolls-Royce. Mr Dudgeon told SMH the company was “close to settlement” with Qantas, but declined to indicate a ballpark compensation figure.The airline estimates the accidents would have cost $80 million and another $100 million in aircraft damage and repair costs. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: V.Vlast_img read more