Singapore Airlines (SIA) is delaying all flights operated on its Airbus A380 aircraft, after a Qantas Airways plane of the same model made an emergency landing at Changi Airport around noon yesterday.
The plane, which was carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew, ran into engine problems shortly after taking off from Changi Airport.
Debris, including a part bearing the Australian airline’s red-and-white flying kangaroo and other metal sheets several metres long, fell from the plane as it flew over the Indonesian island of Batam.
Indonesian witnesses heard a loud explosion mid-air and the authorities in Batam said at least 100 pieces of debris were found in 12 places around the city. At least six houses were damaged.
No one was hurt in the incident, which shut a Changi Airport runaway for more than eight hours and also prompted Qantas to ground its fleet of six A380s until the cause of the malfunction has been determined.