QF94 flying from LA to Melbourne on Saturday night [3am Saturday local time] turned back to LAX for an emergency landing, two hours into the flight, when the pilot was forced to shut down one of the Airbus A380’s four engines and abort the flight.
Passengers took to social media claiming the engine was on fire, and that it appeared to ‘blow up’, however the airline has refuted those suggestions, with Qantas spokesman Thomas Woodward saying in a statement:
“The pilots followed standard procedure, shut down the engine, and the flight landed normally in LA at around 3am local time on Saturday. Engineers are inspecting the aircraft. Reports that the engine was ‘on fire’ are not correct; passengers may have seen some sparks before it was safely shut down by the flight crew.”
Passengers onboard QF94 were subsequently boarded on another A380 that departed LA at around 2.30pm on Saturday.