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Qantas A330 aborts Singapore flight returns to Perth on one engine

The troubles of Australian carrier Qantas just don’t seem to end.

Qantas A330-300. Image Courtesy Qantas
Earlier today, the captain of a Qantas Airbus A330-300 flying to Singapore, had to shut down an engine and turn back to Perth, after an oil warning light flashed, according to the airline. The plane flew back to Perth, on the west coast of Australia, on one engine after the mid-air drama. The flight’s 168 passengers were rescheduled on a replacement flight that took off nearly five hours late.

This incident is just the latest in a series of problems that have plagued Australia’s national airline in recent months.

Last week two Qantas 747 jumbos were damaged when they collided on the ground at a maintenance base.

File photo of Qantas A330-300 at Singapore Changi Airport

In October, a computer glitch caused a Qantas plane to do a mid-air dive, injuring more than 70 people.

In July, a Qantas Boeing 747-400 made an emergency landing in Manila after an exploding oxygen bottle punched a hole in the fuselage during a flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne.

“Initial inspections by engineers indicate that a fault with the engine starter motor could have led to the engine oil problem,” Qantas spokesman David Cox told the Sydney Morning Herald.

With inputs from AFP

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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