A380 lands at military base after engine blows

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Air France engine failure forces emergency landing in Canada
A Canadian air force base allowed the emergency landing of an Air France A380 flying from Paris to Los Angeles on Saturday after one of its engines blew over the Atlantic.
The superjumbo landed safely at Goose Bay Airport on Canada’s eastern tip, having suffered “serious damage to one of its four engines”, the airline said.
“The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly,” Air France said in a statement. “The passengers are currently being assisted by teams dispatched to the location.”
Flight 66 left the gate at Charles de Gaulle at 10:10 but taxied for more than 90 minutes before departing at 11:42.
The failure occurred while flying near Greenland, landing at the air force base at 12:42 local time (15:42 GMT).
Some of the 497 passengers said they heard a “loud pop” and the plane then made a quick descent with some vibration. Ten to 15 minutes later, the pilot announced there had been a small engine explosion.
Photos show the entire front part of the engine including the fan and casing missing, but there were no obvious signs of any external fire.
Engine Alliance, a joint venture between engine makers General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, said it was aware of and looking into the incident.
After landing, passengers expressed some frustration that they had to remain seated in the aircraft for hours with little communication from the airline.
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