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MarkR 1st October 2017 08:32 AM

AirFrance A380 Uncontained Engine Failure
In what looks to be a similar accident to the Qantas A380 into Singapore, Air France enroute across the Atlantic has had an uncontained Engine Failure, although the wing seems to have been spared any impact damage. It is however not a RR Engine in question but a GP7270.


An Air France Airbus A380-800, registration F-HPJE performing flight AF-66 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was enroute at FL370 about 200nm southeast of Nuuk (Greenland) when the fan and inlet of the #4 engine (GP7270, outboard right hand) separated from the engine. The crew descended the aircraft to FL310 and diverted to Goose Bay,NL (Canada) for a safe landing about 2 hours later. Emergency services reported hydraulic fluid leaking from the engine.

A runway inspection discovered debris on the arrival runway, which needed to be cleaned before the runway could be reopened.

Martin Buzzell 2nd October 2017 12:31 PM

Slightly different failure. In QF32, when the turbine disc failed (which is further back in the engine) it did all the damage to the wing, etc. This is an N1 (Fan) failure, which has taken the containment ring with it. Looks like a failure of the shaft.

Michael Cleary 11th October 2017 02:07 PM

Seems like it is going to be ferried back to France on 3 engines.

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