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Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by MadMacs » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:47 pm

Passengers reacted with horror after the engine of an Air France plane from Paris to the USA disintegrated in the sky, forcing the aircraft into an emergency landing.

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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan

Unread post by PH-BFY » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:09 pm

Engine inlet cowling, not fan!

Correction: looks like fan missing...

Incident: France A388 over Greenland on Sep 30th 2017, engine inlet separated
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Sep 30th 2017 17:52Z, last updated Saturday, Sep 30th 2017 17:52Z
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 engine inlet of the #4 engine 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.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AFR6 ... /LFPG/KLAX
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan inlet cowling

Unread post by ddevos » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:53 pm

There's no sign of the fan, compare it to the photo below...
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by MadMacs » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:26 pm

Looks like the fan hub sheared off.
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Unread post by Romeo E.T. » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:16 pm

MadMacs wrote:Looks like the fan hub sheared off.
with so many A380's operating (100+ just with Emirates alone) they had better get to the bottom of this "pronto".
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by Spoke Eagle » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:49 am

The new RR Zen engine?
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by cage » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:10 am

Pax still onboard, 14 hours later waiting for an aircraft to remove them.
First and business were loaded on the first 737 and left 2 hours ago - pays to be upfront.
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

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Spoke Eagle wrote:The new RR Zen engine?
General Electric/Pratt & Whitney-led Engine Alliance GP7200 engine.
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by GL » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:02 am

Fortunate seems to be no significant damage to airframe. There was a fan separation where large bits impacted the fuselage.
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Unread post by Rotor kop » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:20 pm

cage wrote:Pax still onboard, 14 hours later waiting for an aircraft to remove them.
First and business were loaded on the first 737 and left 2 hours ago - pays to be upfront.
14 hours after landing??? Not a chance any airline could be that pathetic. I would have been one of those passengers gooing all my toys out the cot if they really did pull that stunt
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by Romeo E.T. » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:29 pm

GL wrote:Fortunate seems to be no significant damage to airframe. There was a fan separation where large bits impacted the fuselage.
or worse, the separating fan damaging or removing the other engine on the same side...ala EL AL Cargo in Amsterdam

I did notice possible pylon damage from the short on board video clip taken from behind, maybe there is other wing damage that we haven't yet seen.
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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by Romeo E.T. » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:57 pm

Looks like leading edge damage as well

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Re: Air France A380 loses engine fan and inlet cowling

Unread post by ddevos » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:00 pm

What would have caused the discolouring, since jet fuel isn't brown and hydraulic fluid is usually red, most likely oil then?
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