Rolls Royce claims engine failures are unrelated

Rolls Royce is claiming that the two serious faults affecting its flagship Trent engine programme were unconnected.

The British engineering group says that it can be certain the separate Trent 1000 incident, which occurred in August 2010 on a test bed in Derby, is unrelated to the event last week.

The company has reportedly made progress in understanding the cause of the engine failure on the Trent 900 powered A380 Qantas flight QF32 on 4th November 2010.

As a result of its findings, Rolls Royce has said that it is carrying out a series of checks and inspections with Airbus, with operators of the Trent 900 powered A380 and with the airworthiness authorities. It claims that safety, as always, is its highest priority.

The company is hoping that the checks will allow a resumption of operation of aircraft in full compliance with safety standards.

Laura Hopperton

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