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AIR HORROR: Passenger jet engine DISINTEGRATES 38000 feet above Atlantic

AIR HORROR: Passenger jet engine DISINTEGRATES 38000 feet above Atlantic

The forced landing in Canada's easternmost province is reminiscent of an incident seven years ago in which one of the Rolls Royce engines on a Qantas A380 suffered mid-engine damage after taking off in Singapore.

Flight AF 066 was diverted to Goose Bay Airport on Canada's east coast, where it landed safely Saturday, the airline said in a statement.

It said passengers were being assisted and it was working to re-route them.

"We heard this tremendous bang". "It was a whiplash moment".

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He said that a bird strike was not a likely cause of the incident at such a high altitude, and his experience led him to believe the stage-one fan - the exterior fan blades on the front of the engine - had somehow failed. She figured the plane had struck a bird, but then, it became clear that the situation was more "dramatic". The aircraft was met on the runway by fire crews, but they were not needed, though there was considerable debris after it touched down.

Daniel McNeely, who said he is one of the passengers, tweeted that mayday was declared while the air craft was flying over the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Goose Bay airport is a local airport and is not built for larger planes, and certainly, not for the largest passenger airplane in the world. "It's increasing people's anxiety".

Air France has said that the problem was a "technical issue" and that all passengers are safe.