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File photo of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. Leon Neal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rolls-Royce finds cause of Qantas engine failure

Engine manufacturer says one part, confined to its Trent 900 engines, caused the mid-air engine explosion on last week’s Qantas flight.

ROLLS-ROYCE SAYS IT HAS IDENTIFIED the fault which caused a Qantas A380 engine to explode mid-air last week.

The company says it is working to fix the fault and that fault is limited to its Trent 900 engines only, according to the BBC.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore shortly after taking off when its engine exploded. No one was injured.

The incident forced Qantas to ground its fleet of six A380 jets while an investigation into the explosion was conducted. The airline leased aircraft from British Airways in order to meet its scheduling obligations.

Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, whose shares have taken a beating after the explosion, says the engine failure was “confined to a specific component” and corrective measures would be taken to ensure the planes were back in service.

In what the Wall Street Journal described as a rare apology, Rolls-Royce CEO John Rose said: “We regret the disruption we have caused”.

The company said it will miss its 2010 profit target because of the fallout from the explosion, and Airbus SAS said the incident could delay deliveries of new aircraft next year, according to Bloomberg.

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