Air France flight from Paris to LA makes emergency landing in Canada

"Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF 066 operated by A380 from Paris-CDG to Los Angeles chose to divert to Goose Bay airport (Canada) following serious damage to one of its four engines", it said in a statement on Saturday.

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in easter Canada on Saturday (Sept. 30) after one of the jet's engines blew out, according to the New York Daily News and other media outlets. The engine was made by Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric Co and United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney unit.

Another major disintegration issue with an A380 engine occurred in Nov 2010, and a QANTAS Airbus A380 flight with 480 passengers and crew was forced to return to LAX earlier this year after takeoff when it suffered an engine failure on climb to cruising altitude.

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.

"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".

Flight AF66 was originally scheduled to travel from Paris to Los Angeles.

  • David Armstrong