Air France A380 Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Blowout

Sep 30, 2017

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On Saturday, September 30, an Air France A380 flying from Paris (CDG) to Los Angeles (LAX) was forced to make an emergency landing when one of its four engines blew out while over the Atlantic Ocean.

Passengers aboard Air France flight 66 reported hearing a loud thud and then a lot of vibration immediately after the engine failed. Photos and video posted on social media show a chunk of the engine cowling apparently gone.

The airline confirmed via Twitter that the plane was diverting to Goose Bay, Canada (YYR) for what it called “technical checks.”

Fortunately, the Airbus landed safely at Goose Bay at about 1:40pm local time with no injuries among the passengers or crew. Data from FlightRadar24 shows the diverted flight path of the aircraft.

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We will update this story as we receive further information and images.

H/T: CBC News

Featured image by Martin Brand via Twitter.

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