Air France flight with engine damage makes emergency landing

Air France plane makes emergency landing in Goose Bay after engine blowout over Atlantic

Air France Flight 66, originating at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed at Goose Bay in Labrador at 1542 GMT, the airline said, and no one was hurt in the incident. The engine was made by Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric Co and United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney unit.

Others passengers tweeted hearing a "loud thud and a lot of vibration" before looking out at the mangled engine. Air France operates 10 Airbus A380s, which are the largest passenger planes in the world.

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

The extent of the damage or what caused it is unclear, but images shared by passengers on social media show that one of the engines appear to have crumbled.

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

Air France said it is now working to re-route passengers to Los Angeles via the airline's connecting platforms in North America.

An worldwide flight on its way to California landed in Goose Bay this afternoon after declaring a mechanical emergency.

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