Qantas jumbo jet returns to Sydney due to fault

November 15, 2010 08:37

SYDNEY — Qantas on Monday defended its decision to keep its A380 superjumbos grounded 11 days after a mid-air engine failure prompted a global safety scare, and the airline suffered more problems when a different type of plane was forced back by an electrical fault.

The latest incident was unrelated to the superjumbo drama, but it was the third time a Qantas jetliner has aborted flights because of faults since the Nov. 4 explosion on the A380.The airline said a Boeing 747 carrying 221 passengers and crew turned back an hour into a flight from Sydney headed for Buenos Aires, Argentina, after an electrical fault was detected over the Pacific Ocean. The plane dumped its fuel before landing safely in Sydney, Qantas said.

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