Air France Airbus A380 Flight AF66 suffer mid-air engine failure

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

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Passengers on an Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles have had the fright of their lives after their plane lost part of an engine and was forced to make an emergency landing.

"There wasn't the panic that I would've expected", she said, praising the pilots for the way they handled the incident. Aircraft like the Airbus A350 are certified to fly for several hours on just one engine to reach the next airport for emergency landings. "The passengers are now being assisted by teams dispatched to the location", the statement said. An Air France statement confirmed the engine had suffered "serious damage".

Fire crews met the plane on the tarmac, though CBC reports they weren't needed.

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The passenger, Miguel Amador, posted online brief video footage apparently filmed from a window of the plane showing the damaged engine. Only regional airlines offer scheduled service so it doesn't have facilities to do major repairs on an A380.

The airline says it has arranged for two flights to carry the 497 passengers on board the diverted plane to their destination Sunday.

Rick Engebretsen, one of the passengers, wrote a Twitter message saying he had heard a loud thud and felt vibration while in the air.

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However, the reason behind the engine failure is unknown.

The plane landed safely about 3:40 p.m. local time and passengers were being helped by officials at the scene.

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