Jumbo jet makes emergency landing after engine blowout

SEE IT: Engine destroyed on Air France flight from Paris to LA

Air France is leasing the plane - serial number 52 - from an unnamed lessor according to Planespotters.net and was delivered in May of 2011.

Air France said an investigation is underway "to shed light on this serious incident", involving representatives from Air France, Airbus and the French Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau. A super jumbo A380 ofAir France which acted as a liaison Paris-Los Angeles, had made an emergency landing in Canada.

Air France said passengers were being assisted and it was working to re-route them.

The passenger sharing one of the photos said: "I think the engine has seen better days".

An Air France Airbus A380 engine is seen during an emergency landing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The A380 aircraft, carrying almost 500 passengers, landed safely in Goose Bay, Newfoundland at around 1:40 p.m. local time, after the pilot made a "mayday" call to the airport.


About 90 minutes after the initial impact, the plane landed smoothly in Goose Bay, she said.

The four-engine airliner left Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport Saturday morning. The crew handed out meals as they waited on the runway for hours.

In response, the airline described the engine as having "serious damage".

However, the reason behind the engine failure is unknown.

Engine Alliance is a joint venture between engine makers General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. 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.

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