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Air France flight to Los Angeles diverted after engine damage


An Air France plane en route to Los Angeles from Paris made an emergency landing Saturday in Goose Bay, N.L., after one of its engines blew out over the Atlantic Ocean.

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

The images appeared to show that the inlet, or front part, of the engine had torn off, but the main part of the engine was intact. The flight landed safely an hour later.

"Technical issue identified, AF66 diverting per precaution to Goose Bay YYR for technical checks".

The plane landed safely about 3:40 p.m. local time and passengers were being helped by officials at the scene.


The crew were able to conduct a visual examination and determined that the engine's cowling inlet had blown out.

"The Engine Alliance GP7000 is a turbofan jet engine manufactured by Engine Alliance".

This is one of two powerplant options available for the Airbus A380, along with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.

The landing left debris scattered on the runway.

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