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    An AF A380 crossing the Atlantic loses the complete N1 Fan assembly from the Number 4. No surprise the Intake cowl has gone! Air France use the Engine Alliance GP7000. Bet Rolls are glad it wasn't a Trent! http://avherald.com/h?article=4af15205
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    Phew!! Quite nasty. Great that it was over water, to avoid ground casualties.

    Wait to see what turns up from the Accident investigators.
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    That fan casing saw the biggest airborne rotary saw going.
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    ATW Online; Monday 02 October 2017
    Investigation underway into Air France A380 engine failure

    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 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Los Angeles Sept. 30 when it diverted to Goose Bay, Canada, following the uncontained engine failure.

    Pictures and videos 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.

    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 told ATW the investigation includes representatives from the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA), Airbus and Air France.

    An Airbus spokesperson told ATW, “Airbus is providing full technical assistance to the authorities in charge of the investigation. An Airbus go team has arrived in Goose Bay.”

    Air France dispatched a leased Boeing 737 to Goose Bay, which carried passengers via Winnipeg, Canada 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.

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

    Air France has 10 516-seat A380s in its fleet.

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    Default Re: Air France A380 suffers a Fan disc off event.

    More I look at it, disc has failed.. Sure there must be frame damage bar the Pylon.
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    ATW Online; Wednesday 04 October 2017
    BEA: Air France A380 damage limited after uncontained engine failure

    French air accident investigation agency BEA has said damage to the Air France Airbus A380, which suffered an uncontained engine failure over Greenland Sept. 30, appears to be limited to the No. 4 engine and its immediate environment. Observation shows the fan, the first rotating part in front of the engine, detached during flight, according to BEA.

    Danish civil aviation authorities have delegated BEA to conduct the safety investigation.

    Four BEA investigators visited Goose Bay Oct. 1, accompanied by Airbus and Air France advisers. A fifth BEA investigator traveled to Ottawa to attend the first reading of the flight data recorder.

    Other investigators include representatives from the US National Transportation Safety Board, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

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    Seen the pictures of the fan to LP compressor shroud bolts having all sheared off. One would suspect the disc must have failed first, putting its load path through fasteners that couldn't take the loading. Would be surprised if it was the other way around. No doubts the failure was not smooth with a wobbling Fan assembly ripping itself out under high load and spinning forward, chopping the intake up.
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    ATW Online; Monday 27 November 2017
    Air France plans return of engine-failure A380 from Goose Bay

    The Air France Airbus A380 that was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Canada two months ago after one of its four engines failed is expected to return to scheduled service in January.

    The A380, operating as flight AF66 and powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, was enroute from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Los Angeles LAX Sept. 30 when it diverted to Goose Bay, Canada, following the uncontained engine failure.

    On Nov. 23, an Antonov 124M freighter ferried a new GP7200 to Goose Bay with.

    An Air France spokesperson told ATW that the plan is to install the new engine and fly the A380 to Charles de Gaulle by Dec. 6
    , then return the aircraft to normal operations from January.

    A team of Air France and Airbus technicians is on site in Goose Bay.

    “Air France has a huge fleet of long-haul aircraft and we have been able to replace the missing A380 without needing to cancel flights,” the spokesperson said.

    AF66 was carrying 497 passengers and 24 crew members; no-one was injured.

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