The Airbus A380, which has four engines, landed safely in Goose Bay. Photos from passengers show extensive damage to the engine.
Just got this pic from friend aboard the Air France CDG to LAX flight that suffered engine failure & landed safely in Canada. Terrifying. pic.twitter.com/nXk23Cengc
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) September 30, 2017
“Suddenly there was an enormous bang, and the whole plane shook,” another passenger, John Birkhead, told The New York Times. “We were lucky we weren't tossed to the ground.”
Inflight pictures. Loud thud and a lot of vibration. pic.twitter.com/s9GFIyssrh
— Rick Engebretsen (@RickEngebretsen) September 30, 2017
— Jeff Harrington (@JHarringtonTV) September 30, 2017
“We heard a big popping sound and the airplane basically dropped and it was trembling,” a passenger, Sarah Eamigh, told the New York Daily News. “You could definitely tell something was different and it wasn't just turbulence.”
In response, the airline described the engine as having “serious damage.”
“The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled the incident perfectly,” Air France said in a statement. The cause of the engine failure was not explained. The A380 is capable of flying with two of the four engines out of service.
Air France is making arrangements for two flights to take the passengers from Goose Bay to their final destination.