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A380 engine inspections follow mid-air failure

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US FAA orders inspections of engines widely used on A380s
The United Sates’ Federal Aviation Administration has ordered inspections of the engines on some Airbus A380s, after one appeared to have exploded on an Air France transatlantic flight two weeks ago.
Its emergency airworthiness directive requires operators of Engine Alliance GP7200 series engines to visually inspect them and remove the fan hub if a defect is found.
The engines are manufactured by a General Electric-Pratt & Whitney joint venture. Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines are not affected. GP7200 engines are on 60% of A380s in use around the world including those at Air France, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Korean Air.
Some parts of the damaged engine were found in Greenland, brought back by helicopter and are now in the hands of French accident investigators in Paris.
NBC

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