An Air France operated Airbus A380-800 was forced into making an emergency diversion on Saturday (Sept. 30) after encountering engine issues that led to serious levels of damage.
Flight AF66 was on route from Paris to Los Angeles when one of its four Engine Alliance GP7200 powerplants failed near the west of Greenland. The cause of the damage has yet to be determined.
Following this, the aircraft landed in Goose Bay military airport in Newfoundland, where all 520 people on board – 496 passengers and 24 crew – evacuated with no injuries.
When contacted by MRO-Network.com about the repair arrangements on the damaged superjumbo, an Air France-KLM Group spokesperson said it was too early to disclose details at that time.
However, a statement released by the airline said: “An investigation is currently underway to shed light on this serious incident notably with representatives from the BEA (French Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau), the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Air France.”
To date, the A380 has 13 operators across the world, comprised of airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.