Damaged plane at Goose Bay
Air France’s crew flew the Airbus A380 back to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on 6 December. The aircraft had been parked in Goose Bay since 30 September after it diverted following uncontained failure of one of its Engine Alliance GP7200 powerplants.
Air France says the aircraft has been taken to the H6 hangar at the airport, the facility which was specifically designed for A380 maintenance. It will undergo checks for “a few weeks” before it is returned to scheduled service.
Its engine was replaced in Goose Bay, having been transported by an Antonov An-124, and the A380 departed Canada with all four powerplants functioning. Air France says the detached engine has been shipped to the UK for further analysis to determine the nature and cause of the failure, which included the loss of its fan disk.