Horrific Air France A380 mid-air engine blow-out: What and why this happened

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New Delhi | Updated: Oct 02, 2017 12:04 PM

Air France A380 engine blow-out: An Air France A380 carrying over 500 people made an emergency landing in Canada after suffering "serious damage" to one of its engines, with passengers recounting hearing a loud bang followed by violent shaking.

Air France A380 engine blow-out, Canada, Paris, France, plane engine blow out, plane enngine explodesAir France A380 engine blow-out: An Air France A380 carrying over 500 people made an emergency landing in Canada after suffering “serious damage” to one of its engines, with passengers recounting hearing a loud bang followed by violent shaking. (Reutters image)

Air France A380 engine blow-out: An Air France A380 carrying over 500 people made an emergency landing in Canada after suffering “serious damage” to one of its engines, with passengers recounting hearing a loud bang followed by violent shaking, according to AFP report. It has been learnt that all of the 520 people on board were evacuated with no injuries after the plane was able to land safely in Canada. The double-decker wide body aircraft, the Airbus A380 is the largest passenger plane in the world, had taken off from Paris bound for Los Angeles and was several hours into the flight when the incident occurred leaving passengers terrified. Following the incident, investigators have starting probing the matter.

Here is what and why this happened

1. A team of investigators and engineers headed to Canada yesterday to inspect the Airbus A380 superjumbo operated by Air France which was forced to make an emergency landing after a part of the engine was torn apart.

2. The double-decker aircraft carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew had taken off from Paris yesterday bound for Los Angeles and was several hours into the flight when the blow-out occurred. Passengers recounted hearing a loud bang followed by violent shaking, with video and photos posted on social media showing extensive damage to the outer starboard engine.

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3. An Air France spokesman had said that officials from France’s BEA air crash investigation unit and engineers from Airbus and the US-based engine maker were flying to Goose Bay in eastern Canada where the plane landed.

4. “The cabin started vibrating. Someone screamed, and from there we knew something was wrong,” passenger Sarah Eamigh told Canadian broadcaster CBC News about the incident in the skies above Greenland yesterday. “We saw the cabin crew walking through the aisles quickly, and we heard an announcement from the captain that said one of our engines had an explosion,” she added.

5. The cause of the problem was not immediately clear, but David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic who was on the flight, told the BBC that he thought a fan failure may have been to blame.

Air France operates 10 Airbus A380s. Their version of the plane uses GP7200 engines, a giant turbofan built by General Electric and Pratt and Whitney of the US, which is reportedly one of the more fuel efficient engines available.

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