Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Heat's on Rolls-Royce

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Heat's on Rolls-Royce

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Byline: PETER VENESS of AAP

ROLLS-ROYCE is under increasing pressure after its suspect A380 engine was formally blamed for the emergency landing of a Qantas jet last month.

The engine failed soon after flight QF32 took off from Singapore, bound for Sydney on November 4 with 469 people aboard.

A preliminary factual report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released yesterday said the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine exploded.

Bureau chief Martin Dolan described the emergency as "an uncontrolled engine failure".

"The initial assessment was that the most likely cause of the engine failure was problems with the release of oil into a particular part of the engine, leading to an oil fire and consequences finally in the liberation of the disc elements," he said.

The flying kangaroo has hinted at legal action against the British engine maker if a settlement cannot be reached.

Rolls-Royce chairman John Rose has already taken a share of responsibility, saying he offered "regret" for the incident. …

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