Qantas Flight QF1 Suffers Hydraulic Failure in Singapore

Information has emerged that a Qantas Airbus A380, originally bound for London as QF1, suffered a hydraulic failure, which prompted a return to Singapore.
Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Information has emerged that a Qantas Airbus A380, originally bound for London as QF1, suffered a hydraulic failure, which prompted a return to Singapore.

Details have been released pertinent to the incident, which happened on July 7, just last weekend.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Qantas Flight QF1 – Singapore to London…


Information has emerged that a Qantas Airbus A380, originally bound for London as QF1, suffered a hydraulic failure, which prompted a return to Singapore.
Data provided by RadarBox.com.
Information has emerged that a Qantas Airbus A380, originally bound for London as QF1, suffered a hydraulic failure, which prompted a return to Singapore.
Photo Credit: Windmemories via Wikimedia Commons.

Qantas flight QF1, which suffered the hydraulic failure, is a routine scheduled flight between Singapore and London Heathrow.

Also, the aircraft involved in the incident is understood to be VH-OQH.

As per data from Planespotters.net, VH-OQH is a 14.9 year old Airbus A380-800 that was delivered to the airline in January 2011.

Furthermore, of the aircraft type, Qantas has 10 of them in their fleet.

Within that 10, six are in active service and four are parked, with an average fleet age of 14.8 years.

As well as the Airbus A380, QF has the following aircraft in their mainline fleet:

  • 26 Airbus A330 Family aircraft.
  • 75 Boeing 737 Family aircraft.
  • 14 Boeing 787 Family aircraft.

Qantas flight QF1, which suffered the hydraulic failure, departed Singapore at 2324 local time on July 7.

The Aviation Herald reports that the crew stopped their climb at FL160 amid the failure at hand.

Data from RadarBox highlights that the aircraft entered a series of holds to burn off enough fuel to make a safe return back to the airport.

Moreover, once the holds were complete, which was to the west of the airport, the aircraft positioned itself up for an approach.

Qantas flight QF1, operated by the Airbus A380, which suffered the hydraulic failure, landed safely back into Singapore at 0044 local time on July 8.

Three Days On: Aircraft Still Grounded…


Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Following the incident onboard QF1, VH-OQH was grounded and taken out of commercial service.

The safety outlet also reported that during the taxi, three of it’s tires burst, which disabled the aircraft on the taxiway.

Furthermore, it is expected the aircraft will be out of commercial service for some time whilst the tires are repaired, but also the hydraulics too.

There has been no timeline set for it’s return to service as of yet.

Maintenance crews will need to check the extent of the damage and fix it accordingly.

As soon as we have more information pertinent to this, then we will update you accordingly.

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