"Serious" engine damage forces Air France flight's emergency landing in Canada

Jerome Frank
October 2, 2017

Twitter photos show extensive damage to the engine and it appears the pylon and perhaps the wing are also affected.

Their version of the craft uses GP7200 engines, a giant turbofan built by General Electric and Pratt and Whitney of the US.

Air France has immediately decided to make arrangements for two flights from Goose Bay (Canada) to Los Angeles in an effort to get the 497 passengers of Flight AF066 to their destination as quickly as possible.

Goose Bay is a former U.S. Air Force Base used in the Cold War as a nuclear weapons staging base and it has 11,000-foot and 9,000-foot runways.

One of the four engines on the Airbus A380 flight AF66 failed as the plane was flying over western Greenland.

About 90 minutes after the initial impact, the plane landed smoothly in Goose Bay, she said. The aircraft landed safely. Air France has immediately sent personnel from Montreal and NY on site to take care of the passengers.

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

According to a report, they were providing meals and captain spoke with passengers.

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

The airline says it has arranged for two flights to carry the 497 passengers on board the diverted plane to their destination Sunday.

"The flight attendants have been fantastic and very helpful, but for whatever reason, they haven't provided a lot of information because I don't think they know themselves", he said.

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