Jumbo jet makes emergency landing after engine blowout

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Air France confirmed the incident but offered few details, saying passengers were in the process of being transitioned to new flights to LA.

A photo of the damaged engine on Air France flight 66, which was en route to Los Angeles when pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in Canada.

Air France flight AF66 from Paris to Los Angeles declared a mayday while flying over the Atlantic, and landed safely at Goose Bay Airport in Labrador a short while ago.

Pictures show the ripped apart engine as the plane comes in to land.

"Technical issue identified, AF66 diverting per precaution to Goose Bay YYR for technical checks".

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Air France said it is now working to re-route passengers to Los Angeles via the airline's connecting platforms in North America.

They said one of the engines had been "seriously damaged".

The re-routing has taken place so that the flight passed over Greenland, the aircraft landed at Goose Bay at 17h42 gmt, said the spokesman.

The aircraft was fitted with turbofan GP7000 jet engines, manufactured by Engine Alliance. It is one of the powerplant options available for the Airbus A380, along with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900.

The landing left debris scattered on the runway.

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