Singapore Airlines A380 engine failure leads to emergency landing, overweight plane causes tire damage

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800 (registration 9V-SKB) operating flight SQ 322 from Singapore to London encountered an engine failure shortly after takeoff on April 19, 2013.

Facing air conditioning issues due to a malfunction in the engine bleed air systems, the crew made the decision to hold altitude at 10,000 feet. As a precautionary measure, they chose to return to Singapore, landing safely around 30 minutes later.

Unfortunately, the overweight condition of the aircraft, potentially due to unforeseen circumstances, resulted in the deflation of eight tires upon landing.

Although some passengers reported observing two engines seemingly inactive before takeoff, this detail cannot be confirmed without further investigation. The pilots are trained to make critical decisions for the safety of the flight, and their actions, including engine management, are subject to thorough review after such incidents.

A replacement aircraft, another Airbus A380 (9V-SKE), transported passengers to London with an approximate delay of 11.5 hours.

Singapore Airlines is currently investigating the cause of the engine failure and the overweight landing. The safety and well-being of passengers and crew remain their top priority.