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Ask the traveller: aircraft safety

We have seen concern over the A380 engines on Qantas. What about other airlines that have the same aircraft/engine combination? The travelling public need assurance that the aircraft we are flying in are safe.

Peter Hyde

Superjumbo engine fire led to 'cascade of failures'

The cascade of errors suffered by an Australian airliner were described as unprecedented yesterday, as the British manufacturer of its engines struggled to cope with increasing criticism from within the industry.

Oil fire caused engine blowout, says Rolls-Royce

Manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce today said it had identified the faulty part behind an engine failure which forced an A380 superjumbo into an emergency landing and was making efforts to fix the problem.

Inquiry under way into Qantas engine drama

An investigation was under way tonight after a London to Sydney superjumbo with 433 passengers on board made an emergency landing after flames were seen pouring from one of its engines.

Fresh delay for Dreamliner aircraft

Boeing's new "lean and green" Dreamliner aircraft, due to be delivered to a number of UK airlines, has suffered another delay, it was announced today.

Pakistanis irate over PM's 'exporting terror' remark

David Cameron sparked a diplomatic row yesterday by warning that Pakistan should not be allowed to "promote the export of terror" to the rest of the world. Speaking during a two-day visit to India, the Prime Minister increased the pressure on Pakistan following this week's leak of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, which suggested that Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency could be supporting the Taliban insurgency.

Ice 'probable cause' of Heathrow crash-landing

Plane safety requirements did not cover the particular ice problem which probably caused a Boeing 777 to crash-land at Heathrow Airport two years ago as the risk was "unrecognised at that time", an official accident report said today.