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Australia's Qantas to conduct further checks on A380 engines

12-02-2010 13:48 BJT

SYDNEY, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Qantas Airways said on Thursday it plans to conduct further inspections of its A380 engines.

The airline said the additional engine checks were prompted by an examination of components from the engine involved in the Nov. 4 mid-air drama over Indonesia.

The Australian Transport and Safety Bureau said the problem " related to the potential for misaligned oil pipe counter-boring, which could lead to fatigue cracking, oil leakage and potential engine failure from an oil fire within the high-pressure (HP)/ intermediate-pressure (IP) bearing buffer space".

There is no immediate risk to flight safety, Qantas said.

The additional checks will take place from Thursday afternoon, with the two A380s currently in service to be examined at the Qantas jet base in Sydney.

"Qantas does not anticipate at this stage that the inspections will have an impact on international services, however contingency arrangements will be in place," the airline said in a statement.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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