Saturday, August 30, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

How superjumbo A380 almost didn't make it

Australian air-safety officials have issued a preliminary report on the near-catastrophe last month when an engine caught fire on a Qantas Airways superjumbo A380 that had just taken off from Singapore. The report pinpointed a probable cause of the mishap, the most serious accident yet for the world's largest passenger plane, and detailed just how perilous the flight became. This story paints a vivid picture of a skillful crew bringing the damaged plane to a stop during an emergency landing, just before it ran out of runway.

How superjumbo A380 almost didn't make it

Australian air-safety officials have issued a preliminary report on the near-catastrophe last month when an engine caught fire on a Qantas Airways superjumbo A380 that had just taken off from Singapore. The report pinpointed a probable cause of the mishap, the most serious accident yet for the world's largest passenger plane, and detailed just how perilous the flight became. This story paints a vivid picture of a skillful crew bringing the damaged plane to a stop during an emergency landing, just before it ran out of runway.

Tom Belden
About this blog
Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

Tom Belden
Business Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected