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Old 10th Mar 2019, 14:01
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Air France A380 lost engine

Last night an Air France Airbus A380 from Abidjan to Paris lost an engine and had to turn around, and landed safely in Abidjan. See flightaware

Im just wondering why this isnt mentioned in news hardly anywhere. Is it less of a big deal when an A380 loses an engine than what Id think?

It is top news on Ivory Coast's main news site (abidjan net) but I cant see it anywhere else.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 14:30
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Do you mean “lost” as in it fell off and is missing, or do you mean it was shut down, and the aircraft flew safely on the three remaining engines.

The first is clearly cause for concern, the second rates about as much news coverage as it seems to be getting
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 14:32
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Geesh, I hope they find the lost engine. These things aren't cheap!
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 14:53
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Originally Posted by ASRAAMTOO View Post
Do you mean “lost” as in it fell off and is missing, or do you mean it was shut down, and the aircraft flew safely on the three remaining engines.
The first is clearly cause for concern, the second rates about as much news coverage as it seems to be getting
I dont know. The news article I found just said "lost" without specifying.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 15:04
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If it fell in the Suburbs of Abidjan the chances of finding it back is remote, probably already dismantled and parts used to make something else..
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Originally Posted by ASRAAMTOO View Post
Do you mean “lost” as in it fell off and is missing, or do you mean it was shut down, and the aircraft flew safely on the three remaining engines.
Randomly clicking the first link on Google about this yields:
"Un porte-parole d'Air France à Paris joint par l'AFP a précisé que "Techniquement , c'est ce qu'on appelle un pompage réacteur. C'est une avarie moteur qui est connue" '...) "Ca peut être lié à l'ingestion d'un oiseau par un réacteur au décollage"."
Which loosely translates as "it was an engine surge" and "could have been to do with ingestion of a bird".
Would appear to be a non-event and not news worthy.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 16:37
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Beware the confusion over a "lost" engine. The ambiguity didn't help American 191 in Chicago when the engine physically separated from the airframe on departure

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americ...nes_Flight_191
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 18:04
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It's OK, after a short search they found it attached to a wing.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 18:12
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Originally Posted by Super VC-10 View Post
It's OK, after a short search they found it attached to a wing.
Attached to a wing of an LH A-380...

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Old 10th Mar 2019, 18:26
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Some pilots prefer to land in Shiraz, others prefer Abidjan to CDG/BCN/TLS - more often than not they are not paid enough to think about pax convenience and aircraft recovery cost.
Abidjan would not be a problem.
Air France have a maintenance line station there and there's plenty of reasonable hotels nearby for the pax.
Seems like a perfectly reasonable decision to me.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 20:24
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Originally Posted by Webby737 View Post
Abidjan would not be a problem.
Air France have a maintenance line station there and there's plenty of reasonable hotels nearby for the pax.
Seems like a perfectly reasonable decision to me.
Line station is fine but it has a limited value if you have to change the engine on A380. I do not remember what maindeck capacity serves Abidjan today but I suspect the engine will have to end up on expensive charter flight along with AOG team, and passengers in hotels while pushing to BCN/TLS, let alone CDG will feature much less disruption and cost associated. So if that was a clearly isolated problem with one engine, I keep my opinion whether this was a reasonable decision after all.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 21:39
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Can you do a three engine ferry flight with an A380?
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 21:45
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Can you do a three engine ferry flight with an A380?
Yes. The one that had the major engine failure (ie lost the fan in flight over Greenland) and diverted to Goose Bay had a non-operating engine attached and did a 3-engine ferry flight pack to Paris.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 21:51
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Can you do a three engine ferry flight with an A380?
Unless the rules have changed since my day, yes. But that only gets the aircraft back. Ferry would be without passengers.
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 22:01
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It will be a three engine ferry or else fire up the Antonov!
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 22:10
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That was heavy damage with the potential to get even worse with time. Good decision Captain!
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Old 11th Mar 2019, 01:53
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Those African bird strikes are a complete different ball game (not joking). Sully’s geese are pigeons compared to some of those.
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Old 11th Mar 2019, 04:07
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Originally Posted by ASRAAMTOO View Post
Do you mean “lost” as in it fell off and is missing, or do you mean it was shut down, and the aircraft flew safely on the three remaining engines.

The first is clearly cause for concern, the second rates about as much news coverage as it seems to be getting
based on the pictures, lost is much more accurate description.
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