TORONTO [Peter Paul Media] — An Air France Airbus A380 flying from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Labrador, on Saturday after the superjumbo jet sustained “serious” damage to one its four engines, a statement from the airline said.
The aircraft landed safely at 11:42 a.m. ET and “the regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly. The passengers are currently being assisted by teams dispatched to the location,” the statement read.
The flight ran into a problem with engine four on the right side of the aircraft, according to a video uploaded to Twitter just prior to landing. It shows parts of the engine flapping in the wind and the entire engine cowling missing.
Air France said they were assisting passengers and were re-routing some back to Los Angeles via other connections. It was unclear at press time how many passengers were on board during the incident but various media reports placed the figure at over 500.
The engines involved in Saturday’s incident are model GP7000’s which were built by Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric Co. and United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney unit. The other option used to power the Airbus A380 is the mostly-standard Rolls Royce Trent 900.
Passengers are reportedly still on the plane, one Twitter user says.