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.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks Reports From LAX

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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  1. bill says:

    Although airline safety has improved vastly over the years, and new ways of tuning new fuel efficient engines has become more easy with electronic slide in cards for engine performance, scheduled maintance has become deferred due to cleaner burning fuel for engines. The planes look fine in a visuel inspection, so corners do get cut in order to save money. This is starting to show up more and more as airlines try to recover their losses from 911.

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