Qantas shuts down A380 aircraft
Qantas has grounded all of its Airbus A380 super jumbo jets after one of the planes experienced a massive engine failure that forced it to make an emergency landing in Singapore with 459 people aboard, the Associated Press reported.
It was the most serious mid-air incident involving an A380 since the twin-deck plane went into service in 2007.
Passengers reported debris and flames shooting from the engine compartment and the plane appeared to have wing damage, according to the wire service.
The plane was en route to Sydney, Australia from Singapore.
The A380 has a substantial amount of cargo space, although less than the Boeing 747 because of baggage compartments to accommodate the large number of passengers.