BEA Information - 03/10/2017

This is a courtesy translation by the BEA of this Information. As accurate as the translation may be, the original text in French is the work or reference.

Press Release n°1

Following the accident to the Airbus A380, registered F-HPJE, during cruise over Greenland, the Danish Accident Investigation Board (AIB DK) have delegated to the BEA the opening and conduction of the safety investigation. The BEA represents France, State of the Operator, State of Registry and State of Design. Investigators from AIB DK, representing Greenland and Denmark, State of Occurrence, from NTSB, representing the United States of America, State of Engine Manufacturers, and TSB, representing Canada, State where the flight crew diverted, are taking part in this safety investigation.

Four BEA investigators travelled to Goose Bay on Sunday 1st October, accompanied by technical advisors from Airbus and Air France. NTSB investigators, accompanied by technical advisors from engine manufacturers General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, as well as TSB investigators, also travelled to the site.

A fifth BEA investigator travelled to Ottawa to attend the first read-out of the Flight Recorder data. This read-out enabled the investigators to determine at which point of the flight the failure occured.

The Airbus A380-800, operated by Air France, was performing the flight from Paris (France) to Los Angeles (United States of America) under the callsign AF066. It had taken off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Saturday 30th September 2017 around 09 h30 (UTC), with 497 passengers and 24 crew members on board. Following a failure on the number 4 engine while the plane was overflying Greenland, the flight crew diverted to Goose Bay Airport (Canada), where they landed at 15 h 42 (UTC) without any further incident.

Damage to the aircraft seems to be confined to the number 4 engine and its immediate surroundings. A visual check of the engine has shown that the fan, first rotating part at the front of the engine, has separated in flight, taking with it the whole air inlet cowl.