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Singapore Air, China Southern A380s Turn Back Mid-Flight

March 27, 2012

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) and China Southern (1055) Airlines Co. both had Airbus SAS A380s turn back mid- flight today because of faults. The two aircraft landed safely.

The Singapore Air plane turned around about three hours into a flight to Frankfurt after pilots shut down one of the four engines, according to an e-mail from the carrier. China Southern’s jet returned to Beijing because of a cabin-pressure “problem,” it said on Weibo, a Chinese service similar to Twitter. The Guangzhou-based carrier didn’t elaborate.

Singapore Air is consulting with engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RR/) after the No. 3 powerplant on the A380 suffered a disruption in its airflow. The plane, carrying more than 430 passengers, landed at 6:40 a.m. in Singapore. The customers were later put on another aircraft for the Frankfurt flight.

“The safety of our customers and crew was not compromised at any time,” the Singapore-based airline said. “The aircraft is capable of flying safely on three engines.”

China Southern’s A380 was carrying 418 passengers on a flight to Guangzhou, southern China. The plane landed in Beijing at 11:18 a.m., according to the airport’s website.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jasmine Wang in Hong Kong at; David Fickling in Sydney at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Neil Denslow at

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