Air France 'super mayday' over engine blow out

Geneva Matthews
October 2, 2017

An Air France spokesman said today 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.

The airplane landed at Goose Bay, Newfoundland, at 11:42 a.m. ET Saturday.

An Air France Airbus A380 engine is seen during an emergency landing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The passengers of the plane posted photos of the damaged engine.

Despite losing one of its 70,000 lb thrust engine, the redundancy of the other three engine enabled a safe landing of the aircraft, which was carrying 497 passengers.

ABC News contributor and former Marine Corps fighter pilot Steve Ganyard said there are two reasons why this particular engine, which he said "has had a very checkered record over time", failed mid-flight. The airline added "the regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly".

Their version of the craft uses GP7200 engines, a giant turbofan built by General Electric and Pratt and Whitney of the US.

The chatter can be heard between the captain of stricken Flight 66 and the ground, as the Canadian airport it was forced to land at was readied for the arrival of the A380.

Fire crews met the plane on the tarmac, though CBC reports they weren't needed.

The A380 is among the increasingly rare breed of airliners powered by four engines.

CNN notes that an engine failure like this is "incredibly rare", particularly at that point in the flight.

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