Air France flight AF 066 suffers serious engine damage

Air France flight AF 066 suffers serious engine damage

"The plane landed safely at 3.42pm and the regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handles this serious incident perfectly".

Air France said passengers were being assisted and it was working to re-route them.

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

All those in the Airbus A380 aircraft were evacuated without any injuries, an Air France spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The A380 aircraft, carrying almost 500 passengers, landed safely in Goose Bay, Newfoundland at around 1:40 p.m. local time, after the pilot made a "mayday" call to the airport.

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"We heard a loud pop, and we had a quick descent along with some vibration. You could definitely tell something was different and it wasn't just turbulence", one passenger told the Daily News.

The captain announced that there was a small engine explosion.

Video and photo images posted on social media, apparently by passengers or their relatives, showed extensive damage to the front of the outer starboard engine, with part of its external cowling stripped away. There are no obvious signs of a fire. Some portions of the engine's fan were missing.

ABC News contributor and former Marine Corps fighter pilot Steve Ganyard said there are two reasons why this particular engine, which he said "has had a very checkered record over time", failed mid-flight.

Pamela Adams, a travel writer and family therapist from southern California, said she and her husband were on their way home from a trip to France, when six hours into the flight, they got up to stretch their limbs.

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Audio of the Air France "super mayday" after one of its engines blew over the Atlantic Ocean has been released.

No official word yet on what caused the engine problem. That jet used a different type of engine than the one in Saturday's incident. The airline was exploring options to get the passengers to the United States.

The A380 is among the increasingly rare breed of airliners powered by four engines. While it may have a runway long enough to act as a safe place to divert, the airport might not immediately be able to marshal the resources to handle a large aircraft once it's on the ground.

Passengers have told of their terror after a plane's engine seemingly fell to pieces midair. "It's frustrating because we're not getting information", he said. The double-decker aircraft carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew had taken off from Paris yesterday bound for Los Angeles and was several hours into the flight when the blow-out occurred.

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