A Qantas flight QF32 that originated in London Friday on its way to Sydney via Singapore encountered severe turbulences while cruising through Indian airspace. It was reported that seven of the 450 passengers aboard the A380 Super Jumbo suffered various cuts and bruises and had to be treated upon the aircraft arrival in Singapore. The violent turbulences began apparently as the A380 Super Jumbo flight had only 3 hours remaining in its 12 hours and 35 minutes trip to Singapore. The additional and final leg linking Singapore to Sydney normally takes another 7 hours and 20 minutes.
Friday’s incident comes amidst newest controversial revelations surrounding the A380 safety as Australia’s The Age newspapers recently published commentaries by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) regarding cracks found on the A380 wings.
It must be remembered that in November 2010 another Sydney bound Airbus 380 flight also operating as QF32 originating in London had been forced to return to Singapore Changi International Airport after experiencing troubles with engine number 2, just 15 minutes after having taken off from Changi International Airport. At the time, the brand new Airbus 380 was carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew. That highly publicized incident did in fact reverberate safety criticisms against the giant aircraft throughout the travel industry.