Investigators blame A380 failure on oil fire

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 3, 2010 05:27

SYDNEY — Investigators on Friday confirmed that an oil fire is the most likely cause of the disintegration of an engine on a Qantas superjumbo last month.

The Australian Transport Safety Authority released its preliminary report into the problem that caused the A380 to make an emergency landing on Nov. 4 in what was the most significant safety issue for the world's newest and largest jetliner.

The ATSB confirmed earlier suggestions that oil leaking from tubes in a a super-hot part of the engine caused a fire than eventually caused a turbine disc to fly apart and send shrapnel slicing through a wing of the plane.

The ATSB said a manufacturing defect in the Rolls-Royce engine on the plane could cause such fires.


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