Air France flight AF66 from Paris to Los Angeles today lost the number four engine southwest of Greenland “when the fan and inlet separated from the engine.” There was “a loud thud followed by vibrations.”
The cockpit crew took the plane down to 31,000 feet and then diverted to Goose Bay, Canada landing safely after two more hours of flying. On arrival an inspection found hydraulic fluid leaking. There was debris on the runway from the aircraft after it touched down as well.
Apparently passengers had to remain on the aircraft for a couple of hours because Goose Bay doesn’t have anything immediately available to offload an A380.
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I once was onboard a United 777 that diverted to Richmond when Washington Dulles was closed due to bad weather and we were running out of fuel. They had to call the fire department because at the time the airport couldn’t support anything tall enough to refuel a 777 (we weren’t allowed off the aircraft and we were on the ground for several hours).
You can see video from inside the cabin. As a passenger this is scary. Last year I was onboard an American flight that suffered a bird strike. You heard a loud bang and once the captain announced we were turning around and were given a straight show into DFW a lot of breath was held until we were on that ground. And that wasn’t over the Atlantic, it was close to the airport.
— miguel.amador_ (@theamadoor) September 30, 2017
Here’s the plane making its emergency landing at Goose Bay:
— Jacob Barker (@JacobBarkerCBC) September 30, 2017
That engine is a mess.
— PMP Breaking News (@PMPBreakingNews) September 30, 2017