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This Tiny Pipe Brought Down This Massive Plane

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Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators wanted to know why the A380's Rolls Royce engine on Qantas Flight 32 had failed so dramatically. The answer was both simple and terrifying.

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November 4th, 2010. A massive Airbus A380 lifts off from Singapore, en route to Australia. Four minutes into the flight, one of its engines explodes, and things are about to get even worse. An avalanche of system failure warnings flood the cockpit. Pilots are baffled, but there's no time for hesitation. 440 passengers are in danger and they must return to Changi Airport immediately. This is the story of Qantas Flight 32 and the investigation to determine why one of the world's most innovative planes failed so spectacularly.

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