BRITISH engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce was unable to tell how many more of its Airbus A380 engines might explode after last year’s Qantas near-disaster near Singapore because of a lack of records.

A new report released yesterday also reveals the manufacturer failed to detect sub-standard oil-feed pipes – identified as the cause of the Qantas engine explosion – in four engines for which it did have records.

A multinational team of investigators found the Qantas oil pipe module, known as module 51, was one of 42 FW48020 units manufactured between October 2005 and May 2008 for which Rolls-Royce had no measurement records. “A lack of measurement records for the FW48020 standard oil-feed pipe meant that Rolls-Royce was unable to establish whether those feed pipes had been manufactured to specification,” the report said.

The Australian, May 19, 2011

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