ROLLS Royce repeatedly failed to identify a defect that caused one of its engines to explode on a Qantas Airways aircraft carrying more than 400 people over Indonesia three years ago, an Australian safety regulator found.
In its final report on the incident, the Australian Safety Transport Bureau (ASTB) said the company missed multiple opportunities to detect the faulty component which almost certainly would have caused the Airbus A380 to crash had it not been for the exceptional skill of the pilots.
It was the first major safety scare to affect the A380, and led to Qantas suspending its operation of the aircraft for around three weeks.
Rolls-Royce said in a statement that it agreed with the ASTB’s conclusions and had “applied the lessons learned...to prevent this type of event from happening again”.
Colin Smith, the company’s director of engineering and technology, added: “This was a serious and rare event which we very much regret.”
City A.M. Reporter