The FAA is on the Lookout for Exploding Airplanes
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October 13, 2017
A midair engine explosion on a flight last month has prompted the Federal Aviation Authority to mandate "visual inspections" of the parts in question. The components, Airbus A380 superjumbo engines, were the subject of an emergency directive released by the agency Thursday.
A Los Angeles-bound Air France Airbus experienced the engine trouble on Sept. 30 and made an immediate landing in a remote part of Canada. None of the passengers onboard were injured, Air France said, but the incident prompted the FAA to intervene.
The condition that caused the plane's engine, an Engine Alliance GP7200 series turbofan model, to fail midair may be present in other engines, the FAA's Emergency Airworthiness Directive said.
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