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Unions balk as Japan woes put flight crews on edge

Rising radiation levels and continual aftershocks rumbling through Tokyo are raising tensions between pilots and managers at U.S. carriers flying to central Japan.

Union leaders at United and Continental Airlines say flight crews are anxious about deteriorating conditions in Tokyo, where the carriers’ pilots and flight attendants recuperate from long trans-Pacific flights. Get the full story »

Rolls-Royce to swap out, repair leaky A380 engines

Rolls-Royce will temporarily replace engines that have oil leaks on the world’s largest jetliner after one motor disintegrated midair, an aviation regulator told The Associated Press on Monday.

The official said the British engine-maker would take off faulty engines and replace them with new ones. It will then fix the leaking part and swap the engine back again. Get the full story »

767 latest Qantas jet to turn back in flight

A Qantas Boeing 767 has turned back on a domestic flight in Australia after pilots detected abnormal vibrations in one of the plane’s engines.

No one was injured in Friday’s incident, which comes after a Rolls-Royce engine on one of the airline’s Airbus A380s superjumbos disintegrated in flight last week. Get the full story »

Qantas reviews way it runs A380s in engine probe

Qantas Airways is reviewing the way it operates its A380s after last week’s engine blowout, a source said on Tuesday, amid reports the carrier worked its Rolls-Royce engines harder than rivals. Get the full story »

Another Qantas jet, a 747, has engine problems

A second Qantas Airways Ltd. plane made an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi airport with engine problems, the Australian flag carrier said Friday.

“Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft operating at QF6 from Singapore to Sydney experienced an issue of one of its engines. As a precautionary measure, the captain sought primary clearance to return to Singapore and the aircraft landed safely a short time later without incident,” Qantas said in a statement. Get the full story »

Qantas grounds Airbus 380 superjumbo jets

Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of the superjumbo jets blew out an engine Thursday, shooting flames and raining large metal chunks before making a safe emergency landing in Singapore with 459 people aboard. Get the full story »