Air France Plane Engine Fails Over Atlantic Ocean
An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic.
One of the four engines on the Airbus A380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday.
No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT.
The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time, an Air France spokesperson told AFP news agency.
David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic who was a passenger on the flight, told the BBC that based on his observations, the incident was a fan failure.
He said there was a sudden movement followed by a loud noise, which caused panic among the passengers.
“You heard a loud ‘boom’, and it was the vibration alone that made me think the engine had failed,” he said.
Mr Rehmar said that for a few moments, he thought “we were going to go down.”