Looking at this remarkable report on the damage caused by the A380 engine explosion, I would not fly on one of these planes. This report is very sobering. If you travel by air, you have to look at this:
You look and you judge
From NY Times:
WASHINGTON — The A380 superjumbo aircraft whose engine blew apart on departure from Singapore on Nov. 4 was far more seriously damaged than initial reports indicated, with hydraulic and electric failures and serious damage to the plane’s skeleton, according to independent experts who examined newly available photographs of the jet and leaked accounts of the investigation.
Investigators have been reconstructing the episode from pilot interviews, the flight data recorder and the jet’s damaged parts, but their first major report is not due for at least two weeks. So the new information that has become public offers the clearest picture yet of the cascading problems aboard the Qantas flight.
It also reveals the remarkable performance of the captain, Richard de Crespigny, and the crew. They not only successfully prioritized dozens of emergency signals but also made repeated calm announcements about engine problems that kept the initial alarm from deepening among the more than 430 passengers during the tense 90 minutes between the blowout and the landing.
“It’s getting worse and worse, the further it goes,” said William Waldock, a professor of aviation safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who has been studying photographs and other information in wide circulation on the Internet.