Engine damage on Air France flight forces emergency landing

Plane forced to divert following mid-air terror


An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday after one of the Airbus A380's four engines suffered "serious damage".

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The flight was diverted to Goose Bay, Canada after the engine failed over Greenland.

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

Former aircraft mechanic David Rehmar was on the flight and told the BBC that he believes the incident was a fan failure.

"You heard a loud 'boom', and it was the vibration alone that made me think the engine had failed," he said.

The cause of the problem has not been confirmed but another passenger suggested the plane may have collided with a bird, the Guardian reports.

In a statement, Air France said there was "serious damage" to one engine and the crew had "handled this serious incident perfectly".

15 flights from hell

15 flights from hell