Questions are emerging about the design and vulnerability to serious malfunction of both the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine and the Airbus A380 airframe following the destructive failure of one of the turbofans on Qantas Flight QF32 Nov. 4. Flying debris from the engine’s uncontained failure caused extensive airframe damage, and appears to have punctured fuel tanks and knocked out some of the A380’s hydraulic and electrical systems, as well as rendered the No. 1 engine unresponsive to ...


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