Qantas Plane Flies With Five Engines
Qantas Flight 63 took off from Sydney with an extra Rolls Royce turbofan attached to the left wing between an inner engine and the plane’s body. The engine was not powered; it just came along for the ride to Johannesburg, South Africa.
— Qantas (@Qantas) January 6, 2016
“We’re undertaking this rare task to get our customers and our aircraft on their way as soon as possible — rather than shipping this engine across by boat or chartering a freighter aircraft,” Qantas said in a statement.
“Additional drag is caused by air travelling around the spare engine during flight and, to counterbalance this, our pilots are trained to use the flight controls to ensure the aircraft flies straight, level and safely,” the airline said.
— Perth Airport (@PerthAirport) January 6, 2016