MIAMI – Delta Air Lines flight 70, operated by an Airbus A330 from Atlanta to Amsterdam, was forced to make an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Newfoundland in Canada due to an “engine performance issue” on Thursday.
The aircraft took off at 3:31 p.m. and was expected to land in Amsterdam at 6:00 a.m. on Friday. But, according to Delta, “flight crew followed procedures to divert at Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.”
“The flight landed safely, and customers have deplaned. Customers will continue to Amsterdam on another aircraft tomorrow. Delta is in contact with the customers, and we apologize to our customers for the delay. Safety is Delta’s top priority,” Delta stated.
There are two recordings, one from the cockpit that indicated the A330 was experiencing engine failure, urging emergency landing, and other from air traffic controllers after the plane landed said that upon inspection of engine 2, the four pressure relief valve doors on the engine were blown open.
This is the second Airbus aircraft in a month that has an emergency landing after engine failures at Goose Bay. On September 30, Air France flight AF66 from Paris to Los Angeles, diverted after a mid-air explosion of one of their A380 engines.
A month later, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered an inspection on every Airbus A380. These reviews will be mandatory to all aircraft of the type that has flown at least 3,500 trips, whereas aircraft that have flown less than 3,500 flights—but more than 2,000—must be inspected within five weeks.