Qantas flight returns to Bangkok after engine shutdown

May 20 2011

A Qantas plane was forced to shut down an engine and return to Bangkok, the latest incident related to a Rolls-Royce engine.

The Boeing 747 was carrying 308 passengers and was bound for London.

The pilots noticed "vibration and high temperatures" in one of four engines said a Qantas Spokesman.

Earlier this week, a Cathay Pacific plane made an emergency landing in Singapore after sparks in its Rolls-Royce engine.

In Friday's incident the plane landed normally in Bangkok and there were no injuries.

"The pilots shut down this engine and as a precaution returned to Bangkok," the spokesman said.

"We believe the cause is similar to events that other airlines are experiencing and is subject to an increased monitoring program from the manufacturer Rolls-Royce," he added.

Last year, Rolls-Royce was under scrutiny after one of its Trent 900 engines in a Qantas Airbus A380 caught fire, forcing an emergency landing.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's report on the A380 incident said a manufacturing defect in an oil pipe led to an oil leak, which in turn sparked a fire in the engine.

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