The hero pilot and cabin crew involved in a dramatic jet failure this week were forced to return to Singapore again yesterday after a second Qantas flight was hit by engine trouble.
Passengers screamed and air crew shouted for them to adopt the crash position after flames or sparks were seen coming from the engine of a Qantas flight leaving Singapore airport with 431 passengers and crew onboard.
After calmly landing an A380 superjet that experienced a dramatic mid-air explosion earlier this week, Captain Richard de Crespigny again failed to travel to Sydney yesterday, as he and his cabin crew witnessed a second Qantas explosion, this time as passengers.
Flight control: Captain Richard de Crespigny piloted a Qantas jet to safety after an explosion this week and was a passenger on a second flight disrupted by engine problems
Lightning strikes twice: Passengers on a Qantas flight to Sydney were left terrified yesterday after sparks or flames were seen coming from an engine. Earlier this week an engine on a Qantas superjumbo plane exploded mid-air
The 747 jumbo ran into trouble 20 minutes after take-off on its way to Sydney when passengers heard a loud bang and saw flames or sparks coming from an engine.
QF6 immediately returned to Singapore airport and made a safe landing.
Captain de Crespigny and the cabin crew from the superjet involved in the first engine failure were travelling as passengers on the 747 aircraft, making their second attempt to fly to Sydney.
It is believed that some of the passengers from the superjet were also on the jumbo jet.
Captain de Crespigny has been hailed a hero for the way he handled the crisis on the A380 superjet, assuring passengers that the aircraft was under control and that after dumping fuel it would land in Singapore.
The superjet made what one passenger described as 'one of the smoothest landings I have experienced'.
The brave aviator and the cabin crew are now making their third attempt to return to Australia.
The second crisis came as Qantas was celebrating its 90th anniversary - and shortly before actor John Travolta, the ambassador-at-large for the airline, arrived in Sydney to join in the celebrations.
Emergency landing: The plane immediately returned to Singapore airport. It is believed that several of the passengers were from the Qantas superjet that had made a dramatic landing in Singapore the day before
One passenger told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the flight crew had shouted for them to adopt the crash position and screams could be heard among the passengers.
The passenger said the cabin crew yelled 'crisis!' and ordered everyone to be on their seats as the aircraft prepared to return to Changi airport.
'Around 20 minutes into the flight we heard a loud bang and the pilot asked the passengers to put our heads into the brace position,' said passenger Ranjan Sivagnanasundaram.
Double trouble: Engineers inspect the engine of the Qantas superjumbo flight that caught first mid-air earlier in the week
'It was a very big shock to us, especially after what happened [on Thursday].'
Swedish tourist Lisa Ogden said it had been 'a pretty scary' experience.
'An engine on the wing exploded. It looked like fireworks - a pretty big one.
'The plane jumped a bit and the cabin crew were yelling "crisis" and they told everyone to sit down.
'Some were screaming and one or two got up It felt like for ever, but it was just one minute, then the fire was out.'
Qantas said the aircraft had experienced 'an issue' with one of its engines and had landed safely a short time later without incident.
Although the airline said the decision to return to Singapore was precautionary, passengers indicated the problem was more serious.