What happened to Qantas flight QF32, or: How to fly an A380 with three engines and a balky computer
December 12, 2010 11:23 AM Subscribe
Two hours just to sort through the error messages.
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What happened to that Airbus A380 (Qantas flight QF32) whose engine caught fire in mid-air between Singapore and Sydney in November 2010? One of the five
crewmembers on the flight deck recounts the story, which centres on airplane computer systems as much as on keeping tons of metal in the air.
It took two hours just to sort through the (sometimes contradictory) system error messages and decide which ones to ignore. Then the computer couldn’t calculate the probability of a successful landing. Once safely on the ground, one of the three remaining engines kept running for five full hours
, seriously delaying fire crews and passenger evacuation, which happened through a single set of stairs that took an hour to reach the plane. (Via