Rolls-Royce has confirmed that an engine fire forced an emergency landing of a Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo last week.

The aerospace company said the problem with the Trent 900 engine is confined to a specific component.

“The failure was confined to a specific component in the turbine area of the engine,” the company said.

“This caused an oil fire, which led to the release of the intermediate pressure turbine disc.”

Rolls-Royce added that the issue is specific to the Trent 900 engine.

Qantas grounded its fleet of six A380s after one of its four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines exploded shortly after take off from Singapore on a flight to Australia on November 4.

The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing, and the incident forced all airlines with A380s to make safety checks.

Rolls-Royce chief executive Sir Josh Rose said: “Safety is the highest priority for Rolls-Royce. This has been demonstrated by the rapid and prudent action we have taken following the Trent 900 incident.

“We have instigated a programme of measures in collaboration with Airbus, our Trent 900 customers and the regulators.

“This will enable our customers progressively to bring the whole fleet back into service. We regret the disruption we have caused.” 

There will be an impact on the aerospace company’s financial performance this year as a result, he added.