A Qantas (QF) Airbus A380, en route from Singapore to London Friday, was diverted to Dubai Friday after the crew was alerted to an engine oil problem in the No. 4 engine, shutting it down. The aircraft was carrying 258 passengers and landed without incident at Dubai, which is a major A380 maintenance center. The incident happened just 90 minutes into the 14-hour flight and an emergency was not declared.

English actor and comic Stephen Fry was a passenger on the aircraft, who tweeted his disappointment at the diversion to his 3.3 million followers.

In this latest public relations setback, QF was not sure last night if the problem was genuine or if it was with the warning system.

QF, which grounded its fleet Oct. 29 over an escalating industrial dispute with unions, resumed flights Monday after industrial arbitrator Fair Work Australia ruled the industrial action must be terminated (ATW Daily News, Oct. 31). A few days later, QF revealed an alleged sabotage of a Boeing 767 in Brisbane earlier that week led to its decision to ground the fleet. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating the alleged sabotage (ATW Daily News, Nov. 2).

Last November, a QF A380 suffered an uncontained failure of a Trent 900 engine just after takeoff from Singapore (ATW Daily News Nov. 4, 2010). In June, Rolls agreed to pay QF A$95 million ($100 million) in full settlement (ATW Daily News, June 24).