Air France A380 Lands Safely After Engine Blows to Pieces in Flight

Air France A380 Lands Safely After Engine Blows to Pieces in Flight

An Air France flight bound from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing after one of its four engines suffered "serious damage", the airline said.

The airline said flight AF 066 from Paris landed safely at about 8:45 a.m. PST Saturday at Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador. Air France has immediately sent personnel from Montreal and NY on site to take care of the passengers.

The re-routing has taken place so that the flight passed over Greenland, the aircraft landed at Goose Bay at 17h42 gmt, said the spokesman.

Passengers were horrified when the engine fell apart following a "loud thud" and "vibration".

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This is one of two powerplant options available for the Airbus A380, along with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.

The Air France company qualified the incident as serious and praised the way pilots and the crew coped with it.

The images appeared to show that the inlet, or front part, of the engine had torn off, but the main part of the engine was intact.

"We had a mid-air mayday when we lost one of our engines".

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