The jet engine that exploded in mid-air on a Qantas long-haul flight has cost Rolls-Royce £56million. RR confirmed yesterday that the blow-out in one of its Trent 900 engines on an Airbus A380 flying from London to Sydney in November 2010 had caused a 20% fall in profits in its civil aviation arm. It said the bulk of the associated costs had now been taken, although it said further ‘modest’ costs may be seen this year. The woes did not hold back profits growth in the wider business, with underlying pre-tax profits up 4% to £955 million in 2010. RR

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