Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Air France Passenger Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Canadian Goose Bay

Air France Passenger Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Canadian Goose Bay

Two flights took almost 500 Air France passengers stranded in Goose Bay on Saturday on their way to Los Angeles early Sunday morning, almost a full day after they boarded the plane in Paris.

The pilot was forced to divert to Goose Bay airport in Canada - prompting a nervous wait for those aboard. Passenger Miguel Amador posted video footage apparently filmed from a window of the plane showing the damaged engine.

The exact cause of the engine blowout is not known.

Passengers described hearing a loud bang and felt a sudden movement before the Airbus A380 superjumbo, the world's biggest passenger plane, seemed to steady itself. Some portions of the engine's fan were missing.

Their version of the craft uses GP7200 engines, a giant turbofan built by General Electric and Pratt and Whitney of the US. The aircraft landed safely. The airline said it was making arrangements to send the plane's passengers to their destination of Los Angeles.

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

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Passengers have told of their terror after a plane's engine seemingly fell to pieces midair.

Passengers reported the engine blowing out over the Atlantic Ocean, about one hour of the Canadian coast.

"We've been sitting on this plane since this morning waiting to take off".

AFP reports that none of the 496 passengers and 24 crew on board were injured.

The plane shook for about 10 minutes, according to Eamigh, and people were anxiously watching the flashing exit signs.

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