A Qantas A380 with 459 people on board made an emergency landing in Singapore after one of its engines blew out.  Passengers reported seeing flames and debris flying from the burning engine.  Luckily, everyone on the plane was uninjured. Remember, this is a brand-new jet that has a history of “minor” engine problems.  Qantas' A380 is one of the largest planes in service.  It took 2 hours for everyone to evacuate the plane.  Qantas has grounded their fleet of A380s.

What Do You Do If You Are Hurt Because Of An Engine Explosion?

If you are a passenger on an airline and you are injured because of an engine explosion or some other mechanical issue that causes you to bump your head, bruise a body part, suffer a burn, etc. you could sue the airlines, the plane manufacturer and potential subcontractors.  This is known as “product liability,” which usually includes a breach of warranty, various consumer protections or negligence.  Generally, you must show that there was either a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a failure to warn about a danger (that is why we have warnings on blow-dryers that say do not use while taking a bath).

 What If A Piece Of An Airplane Crashes Into Your Home?

What goes up must come down.  When a piece of an airplane explodes or malfunctions, it is going to fall to earth.  This can result in property damage or personal injury.  Many times these suits against an airline fall into a negligence per se claim.  This is because the person probably does not know exactly where the debris came from; however, their house or person should not be hit with falling metal debris.  The best thing to do if a piece of debris hurts you or damages your property is to call the authorities; the FAA has a way of tracking pieces of debris based upon serial numbers printed on each metal piece.

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