An Air France A380 superjumbo passenger jet travelling from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Canada today following "serious damage" to one of its four engines, the airline said.
The airline said flight AF 066 from Paris landed safely at about 8:45 a.m. PST Saturday at Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador. The November 2010 incident prompted the grounding of the entire Qantas A380 fleet - six A380s at the time - for over three weeks.
It's not every day you get to see an engine rip apart on your flight, and even rarer still is getting to take a picture of it and share it on Twitter.
"We saw the cabin crew walking through the aisles quickly, and we heard an announcement from the captain that said one of our engines had an explosion".
The images appeared to show that the inlet, or front part, of the engine had torn off, but the main part of the engine was intact.
Airbus was not immediately available for comment. "The passengers are currently being assisted by teams dispatched to the location", says Air France, which is now working to re-route passengers to Los Angeles.
An Air France flight made an emergency landing in Canada after its engine blew out over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday afternoon.