A Qantas A380 ferrying hundreds of travelers from Los Angeles to Melbourne has been forced to turn back after a motor failure, the aircraft said Sunday.
The QF94 service was two hours into its trip on Friday evening when the pilot was forced to abort the flight, with travelers saying sparks were seen coming from one of the four engines.
“@Qantas Flight94 to Melb come back to LAX with sparks coming from an engine and now being inspected,” tweeted traveler RobD.
Qantas said the sparks may have been from the motor overheating but denied reports in Australia that it burst into flames.
“Friday night’s QF94 A380 service from Los Angeles to Melbourne turned back to LA because of an issue with one of the air aircraft’s four engines,” the carrier said in an announcement.
“The pilots followed standard procedure, shut down the engine, and the flight landed normally in LA at around 3am local time on Saturday.
“Engineers are inspecting the aircraft.”
Travelers were put on a replacement flight, with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau informed about the incident.