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

Posted October 02, 2017

Passengers aboard the jet tweeted images of the blown out engine, and Air France later confirmed the incident aboard flight AF 066.

The airline said the plane landed safely in the afternoon after being diverted to Goose Bay airport as a precaution.

The aircraft (F-HPJE), which was operating today's flight AF066 from Paris Charles de Gaulle, is understood to have been cruising at FL370 when major components of its No. 4 Engine Alliance GP7200 seperated.

Goose Bay is a base operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force but is also a designated standby airport for diverted transatlantic flights.

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The incident is the most severe since Qantas in 2010 grounded all six of its A380 aircraft after an inflight explosion on one of the plane's engines.

Photos showed damage to the outboard engine on the right wing.

The Air France passenger plane Airbus A380 made an emergency landing in Canada after its engine disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean.

The cause of the engine failure was not explained. Kate Heath took this clip of the plane coming in to land. Some portions of the engine's fan were missing.

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The passengers are now in the care of airline staff.

The aircraft was flying at 37,000 feet and had just crossed Greenland when the engine failure happened.

According to a report, they were providing meals and captain spoke with passengers.

When the aircraft landed, the engine had lost its cowling and Goose Bay airport emergency services employees reported they had to remove debris from the runway.

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