France A343 at Douala on Nov 28th 2017, engine shut down in flight, reports of fire in Cameroon media

Last Update: December 4, 2017 / 16:31:00 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 28, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-953

Aircraft Registration
F-GLZU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

An Air France Airbus A340-300, registration F-GLZU performing flight AF-953 (sched. dep Nov 27th, act. dep Nov 28th) from Douala (Cameroon) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), was climbing out of Douala shortly after takeoff when the #1 engine (CFM56, outboard left hand) stalled prompting the crew to stop the climb, shut the engine down, dump fuel and return to Douala for a safe landing. Emergency services attended to the aircraft and checked the engine.

One Cameroon media reported that passengers observed the aircraft began dumping fuel, then an fire erupted that prompted the crew to immediately return to Douala, fire engines put the fire out after landing. Air France did not comment. This report was taken over by practically any Cameroon media outlet. The report does not mention any noises.

An engine stall usually emits a loud bang as well as streaks of flame.

On Dec 4th 2017 The Aviation Herald received additional information stating that the engine needs to be replaced following a genuine engine failure (no evidence of a bird strike present). The crew received a engine vibration indication shortly after becoming airborne quickly followed by an engine overheat indication, a visible streak of flame from the engine exhaust and an ECAM message "ENG 1 FAIL". The crew shut the engine down, dumped fuel and returned to Douala.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Douala 6 days after the occurrence.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 28, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-953

Aircraft Registration
F-GLZU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

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