While headlines have understandably been focused on Boeing this week, Airbus has its problems, too. The Qantas A380 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine uncontained failure continues to generate news stories. The QF 32 flight details still are emerging, and one–in an email we received today–gives a good example of “cascading failures” that can happen in an emergency.
Recall that the 787 ZA002 had a series of cascading failures following the fire in the electronics bay, the details of which have yet to be learned beyond some generalities. Here’s what we learned about the cascading failures associated with QF 32:
Email from a Reader:
Here are just SOME of the problems the Qantas pilot had in Singapore last week aboard QF32:
Richard de Crespigny was in the left seat, FO (first officer) in the right, SO in the second observer’s seat (right rear, also with his own Radio Management Panel, so he probably did most of the coordination with the ground), Capt Dave Evans in the first observer seat (middle). He is a Check & Training Captain who was training Harry Wubbin to be one also. Harry was in the third observer seat (left rear). All five guys were FLAT OUT, especially the FO, who would have been processing complicated ‘ECAM’ messages and procedures that were seemingly never-ending.
Rolls-Royce has pinpointed the issue with the Trent 900; see this story.
New A350 delay likely:
Here is a story about further anticipated delays in the A350 program.
Electrical problem could short out cockpit displays
Just as the 787 e-bay fire caused cockpit instruments to blink out in ZA002 this week, Airbus has had electronic/instrumentation issues, too. This story tells that Airbus is about to issue a formal warning about this.