Air France plane's engine breaks apart midair, forcing emergency landing in Canada

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Air France said the flight's crew made the decision to divert the plane and said the pilots and crew handled the situation "perfectly". "The passengers are now being assisted by teams dispatched to the location".

This is one of two powerplant options available for the Airbus A380, along with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. "We grabbed onto something and then we sat down, and the plane righted itself fairly soon".

The airline said in a statement that no one was injured in the incident.

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

Rather than worry, Adams said she tried to provide emotional support and bond with other passengers.

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The Goose Bay airport was not equipped to handle large planes, McNeely said.

Adams said passengers were stuck inside the aircraft as emergency vehicles pulled up to the scene.

The plane arrived at the airport with part of the engine cowling missing and was met by fire crews, but their assistance wasn't needed.

Passengers aboard the double-deck jet tweeted images of the blown out engine, and Air France later confirmed the accident aboard flight AF 066.

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