Aircraft engine manufacturer
Rolls-Royce said Thursday it was in the process of checking all Trent 900 engines currently in service following the emergency landing of a Qantas Airways Airbus A380 in Singapore, dpa reported.
"The in service fleet of Trent 900 engines is small and relatively new, and the Group feels that it is prudent to recommend that a number of basic precautionary engine checks are performed. This process is now underway," Rolls-Royce said in a statement released in London Thursday.
It said Rolls-Royce would continue to work closely with its customers as the investigation moved forward. But the investigations were at a "very early stage and it would be inappropriate to draw any conclusions at this time."
Of the 37 Airbus 380 superjumbos currently in service, about 20 are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Australian airline Qantas grounded its fleet of six A380 aircraft after the incident.
Superjumbos flown by Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are also powered by Trent 900 engines.
Reports in London said Thursday that the Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) confirmed that it had issued an airworthiness directive in August requiring an inspection of certain conditions within the Trent 900 engine.
"Some of these conditions present a potential unsafe condition to the aeroplane," a report issued by EASA was quoted as saying after checks were carried out on Trent 900 engines.