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Last updated: 21 March 2019
Date:Saturday 30 September 2017
Time:ca 13:45 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A388 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A380-861
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-HPJE
C/n / msn: 052
First flight: 2010-08-10 (7 years 2 months)
Engines: 4 Engine Alliance GP7270
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 497
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 521
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:over southern Greenland (   Greenland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
An Air France Airbus A380, operating flight 66 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, to Los Angeles International Airport, California, USA, diverted to Goose Bay, Canada after suffering an uncontained engine failure.
The aircraft was en route over southern Greenland at FL370 when the no.4 engine suffered an uncontained failure. The entire fan separated in flight, taking with it the whole air inlet cowling.
A decision was made to divert to Goose Bay where a safe landing was carried out on runway 26 at 15:42 UTC.

Danish civil aviation authorities delegated the investigation of the accident to BEA France.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation ongoing

Uncontained engine failure
Forced landing on runway

Follow-up / safety actions

FAA issued 2 Airworthiness Directives

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Distance from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 9037 km (5648 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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