Air France A380 in emergency diversion after engine parts detach

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Air France confirms that the A380 landed safely at Goose Bay at 15:42 GMT "following serious damage" to one of its engines.

Passengers on board a plane traveling from Paris to Los Angeles experienced a terrifying ordeal Saturday when one of the engines on their plane blew out while they were flying over the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Passengers were horrified when the engine fell apart following a "loud thud" and "vibration".

Air France Flight AF66 was forced to divert to Canada after engine 4 on the starboard wing experienced a failure in mid-flight.

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The aircraft landed safely at 8:42 a.m.

The plane was about an hour off the coast of Canada when the incident occurred, Miguel Amador, a passenger on the flight, said.

Shocking photos show the engine badly damaged as it flew at a height of 38,000 feet.

"The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly", Air France officials said in a statement.