Air France plane makes emergency landing after engine failed over Atlantic

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Canada when it lost one of its four engines over the Atlantic.

One of the four engines on the Airbus A380 flight AF66 sustained “serious damage” and failed west of Greenland on Saturday.

No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT.

The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time, an Air France spokesperson said.

The plane flew for about an hour on three engines before it reached Goose Bay Airport, in Labrador in eastern Canada.

Photos taken by passengers showed the cowling, or engine covering, completely destroyed, and some cosmetic damage to the wing’s surface.

Passengers remain stranded on the plane in Canada, as the airport is not equipped to handle an Airbus A380.

In a statement, Air France simply confirmed “serious damage” to one engine and said its crew had “handled this serious incident perfectly”.

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


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