Air France flight makes emergency landing after engine blowout

The pilot of flight AF66 from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency diversion to Goose Bay, Canada.

According to passenger reports, they heard a low thud during the flight, followed by a lot of vibration before the plane diverted to Canada for its emergency landing.

David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic who was a passenger on the fight, told the BBC that based on his observations, the incident was a fan failure.

Cabin crew gathered around to look at the starboard wing where number 4 engine is located
Cabin crew gathered around to look at the starboard wing where number 4 engine is located

Footage shows part of the plane's engine flapping in the air with 520 passengers on board.

Air France confirmed the incident but offered few details, saying passengers were in the process of being transitioned to new flights to LA.

Mr Rehmar said that for a few moments, he thought "we were going to go down".

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Air France said in a statement on social media: 'AF66 landed safely.

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

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

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