The FAA has ordered emergency visual inspections to take place on engine fan hubs used on around 120 Airbus A380s after an Air France-operated aircraft endured damage to one of its four engines in late-September.
The airworthiness directive for the Engine Alliance GP7200, manufactured by a GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney joint venture, was issued on Thursday (Oct. 12) to operators of the aircraft using the engine option. The order doesn’t apply to operators of Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered versions of the A380.
The FAA stated that the action was taken as a result of the failure of the fan hub on the Air France A380’s engine and followed an Engine Alliance-issued nonbinding service bulletin earlier this week.
According to the regulator, operators must begin the inspections to detect damage or defects within the next two to eight weeks depending on the number of flight cycles.
The Air France operated Airbus A380-800 was forced into making an emergency diversion last month on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles after encountering engine issues that resulted in wayward parts falling off.
Following the incident, which occurred near the west of Greenland, the aircraft landed in Goose Bay military airport in Newfoundland, where all 520 people on board – 496 passengers and 24 crew – were evacuated with no injuries.
After a team of French, U.S. and Canadian investigators launched an inquiry immediately after the incident, Air France has since told Reuters that the damaged engine will be sent to the GE Aviation Wales facility near Cardiff to undergo analysis.