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Qantas Flight 32 was a Qantas scheduled passenger flight which suffered an uncontained engine failure on 4 November 2010 and made an emergency landing at Singapore Changi Airport. The failure was the first of its kind for the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft. It marked the first aviation occurrence involving an Airbus A380. On inspection it was found that a turbine disc in the aircraft's No. 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine (on the port side nearest the fuselage) had disintegrated. The aircraft had also suffered damage to the nacelle, wing, fuel system, landing gear, flight controls, the controls for engine No. 1 and an undetected fire in the left inner wing fuel tank that eventually self-extinguished. The failure was determined to have been caused by the breaking of a stub oil pipe which had been manufactured improperly.
Additionally, a judiciary source in the investigation team told Al Masry Alyoum, an Egyptian newspaper, that "the cause of the crash is an explosion at the engine. The reason of the explosion will be determined on the examination of the crash site and the test of the bodies."
In Cairo, the investigators extracted data from one of the two black boxes, the flight parameters, while the one containing the crew's conversations, damaged, will require much work. Their review is expected to decide between the two hypotheses envisaged: technical failure or attack.
However, AFP quotes sources close to the investigation as saying that evidence from the plane’s “black box” flight recorders “strongly favours” the theory that a bomb on board brought it down.
One of the black boxes recovered from the crash site shows that the plane suffered “a violent, sudden” end, a source tells the agency.
The flight data recorder shows that “everything was normal during the flight, absolutely normal, and suddenly there was nothing”, it quotes an unnamed source as saying.
France 2 quotes an investigator (in French) with access to the flight recorders as saying that an explosion was distinctly audible and that it would not have resulted from an incidence of engine failure.
French experts from Airbus are part of the investigating team.
"The black boxes of the device made it possible to clearly hear the sound of an explosion during the flight", told France 2, an investigator who had access to flight recorders. The media added that the explosion would not have followed an engine failure, which would remove the hypothesis of an accident. Moreover, some pictures of debris show a device riddled with impacts from the inside to the outside of the aircraft, "which rather supports the theory of a pyrotechnic device," she has said.
Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said that Russian experts had taken wipe samples from all the plane fragments and passengers’ luggage to trace possible explosives. "The necessary samples have been taken from all the elements where traces of explosives can be found. All these samples have been delivered to Moscow where they are being studied and analyzed by top class experts with the help of state of the art modern equipment. I can tell you with full responsibility that if there are traces of explosives, they will be found without fail," Puchkov said adding that all the findings would be published.