Engine Issue Causes Qantas Flight to Return to LAX

Engine Issue Causes Qantas Flight to Return to LAX

Qantas initially said the plane returned for "operational reasons" and would later only admit there was an "issue" with one engine.

Woodward told CBS2 that unconfirmed reports that the engine had caught fire were "not correct".

The Melbourne-bound flight was forced to turn back to Los Angeles on Saturday night after witnesses saw sparks flying from one of the plane's engines.

The QF94 service was two hours into its trip on Friday evening when the pilot was forced to abort the flight, with passengers saying sparks were seen coming from one of the four engines.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified about the incident.

"Qantas Flight 94 returned to Los Angeles with sparks coming out of an engine and (the aircraft) being checked", wrote a passenger on Twitter.

Passenger Darren Sudgen, told News Limited he heard a loud noise as the engine failed.

A Qantas spokesman says the flight landed normally in LA and engineers are inspecting the aircraft.

He later tweeted a photo on board the replacement plane of the flight path, writing "lets try this again shall we".

The replacement flight is also in an A380, and is expected to land in Melbourne about 10pm on Sunday.

He said Qantas staff asked passengers to stay the night inside LAX as another flight could leave about lunchtime.