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

Photographs taken by passengers aboard the Air France flight circulated on the internet soon after the aircraft landed.

The pilot of flight AF66 from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency diversion to Goose Bay, Canada. It said teams have been dispatched to help passengers as the airline works to re-route them to Los Angeles and its connecting platforms.

Rick Engebretsen, one of the passengers, wrote a Twitter message saying there was a "loud thud and a lot of vibration".

Passengers on the flight and others watching the landing observed that the plane definitely looked "broken".

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The double-decker, wide body aircraft was re-routed as it passed over Greenland, landing in Goose Bay at 1542 GMT, the spokesman said.

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

One of the plane's four engine had "serious damage", but no further details about the damages were released.

"We saw the cabin crew walking through the aisles quickly, and we heard an announcement from the captain that said one of our engines had an explosion".


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