Air France Airbus A330 Diverted To Gander Following Engine Shutdown

September 9, 2019


An Air France Airbus A330 diverted to Gander following an engine shutdown. The aircraft was en route on flight AF-159 from Dallas Fort Worth to Charles de Gaulle when it encountered technical issues due to low oil pressure in the right-hand engine. The flight was diverted and touched down in Newfoundland on September 6th; at the time of publishing, it was still grounded pending repairs.

Engine shutdown

The Air France A330 with registration F-GZCF was around 517 miles northeast of Gander airport when the crew had to shut down the aircraft’s right-hand engine. The reason for the shutdown was low oil pressure in the General Electric CF6 high-bypass jet engine. This required flight AF-159 to divert to Gander airport for inspection and repair.

The loss of oil pressure in the engine is one of the causes of catastrophic engine failure and immediately necessitates emergency procedure to come into effect.

The crew issued the emergency PAN-PAN signal to indicate that no immediate danger was present to the aircraft. However, the urgency of the engine failure required the flight to be abandoned and a safe landing was achieved around 75 minutes after the decision was made to turn around. 

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