Air France flight AF 066 suffers serious engine damage

The flight was on an Airbus A380, which is the largest passenger plane in use.

According to transmissions from air traffic control, the plane landed safely in Goose Bay at around 1:40 p.m. local time with part of the engine cowling missing, scattering debris across the runway.

The engine of an Air France plane from Paris to the U.S. disintegrated in the sky, forcing the aircraft into an emergency landing.

An Air France A380 superjumbo passenger jet travelling from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Canada today following "serious damage" to one of its four engines, the airline said.

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Others passengers tweeted hearing a "loud thud and a lot of vibration" before looking out at the mangled engine.

Passengers reported the engine blowing out over the Atlantic Ocean, about one hour of the Canadian coast.

The Air France company qualified the incident as serious and praised the way pilots and the crew coped with it. Customers taken care by Air France and rerouting solutions on going.

  • Ronnie Bowen