Air France A380 engine failure prompts investigation.


An investigation is underway after an Air France Airbus A380 made an unscheduled landing in Canada, after one of its four engines failed.

The A380, operating as Flight AF66 and powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, was en route Sept. 30 from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Los Angeles when it diverted to Goose Bay, Newfoundland, following the uncontained engine failure.

Images posted on social media channels by passengers after the aircraft landed showed extensive damage to the front of the outer starboard engine, on the right wing, with part of its external cowling stripped away.

Flight AF66 carried 497 passengers and 24 crew members. There have been no injuries reported.

Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, said in a statement that it is "working with investigative authorities to assess the situation," and referred questions to Air France.

Air France said the investigation includes representatives from the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA), Airbus and Air France. "Airbus is providing full technical assistance to the authorities in charge of the investigation. An Airbus go team has arrived in Goose Bay," an airline spokesman said.

Air France dispatched a leased Boeing 737 to Goose Bay, which carried passengers via Winnipeg to Los Angeles. A second aircraft, a Boeing 777-300, flew passengers to Atlanta, where SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines arranged transfers.

Air France did not give details on how long it would take to repair the A380 or if other fleet measures would be necessary. Air France has 10 516-seat A380s in its fleet.

According to data from Flightradar24, the Airbus A380, the largest passenger jet in the world, was flying at 37,000 feet when the incident occurred. Parts of an engine that were lost by an Air France Flight AF66 en route from Paris to Los Angeles have been spotted in Greenland, investigators say.

Photos from the flight showed the entire front part of the engine, including the large fan and engine's casing, completely sheared away. The remaining portion of the outermost engine on the right side of the jet was streaked with a brown substance and there were no obvious signs of any external fire.

In a statement, the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) said flight data was used to track the parts to a remote area of Greenland the agency described as "a wasteland covered with ice," around 150 kilometers (93 miles) southeast of the...

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