The damaged Air France A380 finally to leave Goose Bay


Toronto - The Air France Airbus A380, which had diverted to Goose Bay in late September after an engine failure, returned to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Wednesday evening, December 6. Commissioning is not planned until mid-January.

An uncontained engine failure had led flight AF66 flying Paris-Los Angeles route to divert to Goose Bay on September 30. After a detailed check on the GP7270 engine, the return of the A380 was delayed due to the logistical complexity. After a long wait, finally, the replacement engine was transported to Goose Bay on November 23 by an An-124 and things accelerated.

Yesterday, on December 6, the A380 F-HJPE took off from Goose Bay and landed at Paris-Charles de Gaulle in the evening. According to Air France, the flight was operated on four engines by pilots of the company.

An Air France spokesman confirmed to CBC News that the four engines were working. He also added that Air France will carry out other tests before putting the A380 back into service in mid-January.

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AF66 Engine Debris

The unresolved damage had occurred while the A380 was flying over Greenland. According to Franck Terner, the chief executive of Air France said that the plane itself is not very damaged so there are no very important repairs to deal with.

The failure is the first of its kind affecting a GP7200 engine and remains to be explained. According to Terner, the inspections carried out on the damaged GP7200 didn't result in any findings yet.

The investigation is continuing under the direction of the BEA. The latter said in October that the damaged engine was shipped to General Electric facilities in Britain for inspection, as well as the debris found in Greenland.