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Small panel falls off Qantas jet en route to Singapore

Australia's largest airline Qantas revealed a small body panel fell off a jet en route to Singapore Friday, the latest malfunction malĀ·funcĀ·tion
1. To fail to function.

2. To function improperly.

1. Failure to function.

2. Faulty or abnormal functioning.
 to beset the carrier in recent weeks.

Routine checks on the Boeing 747-400 found the engine access panel was missing after it arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport, a Qantas spokeswoman said.

"This had absolutely no flight safety implications," she told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

The non-structural panel, which measured 30 x 30 centimetres (12 x 12 inches), was replaced and the flight continued to London, she added.

The incident comes after weeks of embarrassing malfunctions for the airline, including a mid-air blast, believed to be caused by an exploding oxygen bottle, which blew a hole into the fuselage of a plane last month and forced an emergency landing in Manila.

On Wednesday, a B747-300 landed without incident despite the power in one of its four engines reducing to idle on approach into Auckland airport.

The following day, a Qantas Boeing 767 experienced an hydraulic failure, which affected its steering as it landed at Sydney airport Sydney Airport may refer to:
  • Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia
  • Sydney Airport Corporation Limited, the private operator of Kingsford Smith International Airport
  • Sydney Airport (Nova Scotia), in Nova Scotia, Canada
 and left a trail of hydraulic fluid hydraulic fluid

toxic because of its high content of industrial triaryl phosphate.
 on the runway, forcing its temporary closure.

Earlier this week, Qantas pulled six planes from service after it found that a maintenance procedure, reportedly designed to stop cracking in the forward pressure bulkhead, had been omitted.

Qantas, which next month will take delivery of the first of its new 20 super-jumbo Airbus A380s, has said while recent events had hurt its reputation, it is probably still the safest airline in the world.

Qantas, known as the "Flying Kangaroo kangaroo, name for a variety of hopping marsupials, or pouched mammals, of the family Macropodidae, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. The term is applied especially to the large kangaroos of the genus Macropus. ," has never lost a jet plane to an accident.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the Australian federal agency responsible for the regulation of private and commercial flight. It was established on July 6 1995 when the air safety functions of the former Civil Aviation Authority of Australia were separated  (CASA Ca´sa

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I saw that Enriquez had made no attempt to modernize the old casa, and that even the garden was left in its lawless native luxuriance.
- Bret Harte.
), which is undertaking several reviews of Qantas' safety and maintenance, said Friday that if it found any problems it would require Qantas to take action.
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