Last updated on September 5th, 2018
The Paris public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into deliberately endangering the lives of others in connection with the forced landing of an Air France Airbus A380 in Goose Bay, Labrador, on September 30, revealed on Thursday. French weekly Le Point .
The aircraft, headed to Los Angeles with 521 passengers and crew on board, had to land urgently after losing part of one of its jet engines in mid-flight over Greenland. Nobody had been hurt at the end of the track, despite intense moments of anxiety.
An Air France A380 lands in Happy Valley-Goose Bay with a damaged engine. Video courtesy of Kate Heath. pic.twitter.com/tiaTxx9YcX
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According to the French magazine, the investigation of the prosecutor’s office of Paris was opened after a group of 11 passengers had filed a collective complaint in mid-December. It was entrusted to the soldiers of the research section of the Gendarmerie of air transport.
According to the initial findings of the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis, responsible for civil aviation safety investigations, it appears that the incident occurred when “the blower, the first element rotating in the front of the engine, detached in flight, dragging with it the loss of the air intake.
The Point indicates that the data of the Flight Parameter Recorder allowed to “delimit a search area of the elements that have become detached”. The latter were thus recovered in a “desert area, covered with ice, located about 150 kilometers southeast of the town of Paamiut”, on the west coast of Greenland.
It is now up to the Research Section of the Gendarmerie Air Transport to determine why this happened.