500 Qantas Passengers Stranded At LAX Due To Oil Leak
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Qantas Airlines is trying to get 500 passengers stranded at Los Angeles International Airport onto flights bound for Australia, but its fleet will be grounded until at least Wednesday.
An Airbus A-380 showed signs of an oil leak Sunday, which forced crews at LAX to remove the plane’s engine.
The plane is one of three owned by Qantas to have been found leaking oil. The other two are currently grounded in Sydney.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the leaks “were beyond normal tolerances.”
Qantas grounded its six double-decker A380s, the world’s largest passenger plane, after an engine burst minutes after takeoff into a flight from Singapore to Sydney last week.
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