Air France flight AF 066 suffers serious engine damage

Air France plane makes emergency landing after engine blows out over the Atlantic

The Air France flight diverted to Goose Bay airport, where there is also a Canadian Forces Base, according to the airline.

Air France said the flight's crew made the decision to divert the plane and said the pilots and crew handled the situation "perfectly". The November 2010 incident prompted the grounding of the entire Qantas A380 fleet - six A380s at the time - for over three weeks. Air France has immediately sent personnel from Montreal and NY on site to take care of the passengers.

"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".

A passenger sharing one of the photos said: "I think the engine has seen better days".

It was not immediately clear how the engine became damaged.

The airline said in a statement that no one was injured in the incident.

Flight AF66 was originally scheduled to travel from Paris to Los Angeles. "Flight 066 landed without further damage at the Goose Bay military airport in Canada and all of the 520 people on board were evacuated with no injuries", an Air France spokesman in Paris told AFP.

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