On 4 November Qantas flight QF32, an Airbus A380 outbound from Singapore, ran into serious problems when a turbine on its Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine suffered an uncontained failure. We caught up with one of the five pilots onboard, who describes how the crew professionally dealt with the incident, the sequence of events, and how the most dangerous period was after they had landed.
Commercial flight is something most of us take for granted, especially given how statistically safe a means of travel it is. But for the pilots who get us from point A to B, they fly knowing there’s always the chance of a serious problem they’d need to address.
This is the story of one such problem (on an Airbus A380, largest passenger plane in the world, no less) and the remarkable crew who landed the plane safely.