Air France flight from Abijan to Paris turns back upon engine failure

With over 500 passengers on board, an Air France A380 boeing headed to Paris, France from Abijan, Ivory Coast was forced to turn back mid flight due to an engine failure.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), quoting Air France-KLM manager for West Africa, Jean-Luc Mevellec, described the engine failure as ‘engine blow-out’.

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“It happens from time to time. It is a well-known phenomenon, well understood and crew are well trained on simulators all year long to deal with this time of fault,” Mr. Mevellec further described.

A journalist with Bloomberg News who was on board the flight informed AFP:

“We were flying over Niger (to Paris)… I saw a ball of flame for a few seconds and then a large bang on the left side of the aircraft. The plane began to roll, everything was shaking and people started to panic. The pilot came on and said ‘We have just lost a left side engine. We are returning to Abidjan.”

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