France A388 near Shannon on Nov 4th 2017, medical emergency, fuel leak

Last Update: November 4, 2017 / 20:17:54 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 4, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-178

Aircraft Registration
F-HPJI

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

An Air France Airbus A380-800, registration F-HPJI performing flight AF-178 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Mexico City (Mexico) with 543 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 170nm southsouthwest of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew declared PAN and decided to divert to Shannon due to a medical emergency on board. The aircraft descended to FL140 to dump fuel. The crew advised they would still be heavy and would need the full length of the runway and therefore needed to backtrack the runway for taxiing to the apron although taxiway A was available for taxi for the A380. The aircraft established on the ILS for runway 24. Upon reporting on tower tower advised emergency services would follow them, the crew advised there was no problem. The aircraft landed safely on runway 24, the crew advised they were rolling to the end of the runway, would turn around and backtrack the runway to taxiway A. Emergency services reported there appeared to be a fuel leak from the A380. The crew advised fuel dump has completed about 7 minutes prior to landing. Tower instructed the aircraft to stop for a check by emergency services. The crew advised everything appeared normal from their perspective, they were happy to continue to taxi, emergency services did not object and the aircraft taxied to the apron, where medical services assisted the ill passenger and took the passenger to a hospital.

A runway inspection reported fuel on the runway near taxiway C. A number of flights were delayed until the runway was cleaned.

The airport reported there had been a problem with a fuel valve, fuel leaked onto the runway and taxiways. The runway was closed for about 2 hours until all fuel spill had been cleaned up.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Shannon about 8 hours after landing.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 4, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-178

Aircraft Registration
F-HPJI

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

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