Air France A380 in emergency diversion after engine parts detach

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Air France Flight 66, originating at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed at Goose Bay in Labrador at 1542 GMT, the airline said, and no one was hurt in the incident. The flight bound for Los Angeles departed from Paris at 11.42 am.

The Air France flight diverted to Goose Bay airport, where there is also a Canadian Forces Base, according to the airline.

One of the four engines on the Airbus A380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday.

The pilot soon came on over the loudspeaker and explained the jet had lost one of its engines and would be landing in Canada, Ms Adams said.

Passengers were stranded on the plane in Canada for hours after landing as the airport is not equipped to handle an Airbus A380.

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ABC News contributor and former Marine Corps fighter pilot Steve Ganyard said there are two reasons why this particular engine, which he said "has had a very checkered record over time", failed mid-flight.

Air France said an investigation is underway "to shed light on this serious incident", involving representatives from Air France, Airbus and the French Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau.

The outer right No. 4 Engine Alliance GP72000 engine suffered the uncontained failure, which resulted in losing the engine nose cowl and the Pratt & Whitney made Engine fan, exposing the Safran built Low Pressure Compressor.

"The captain was able to recover the plane quite fast, however, we were definitely nervous because the vibrating was probably occurring a good five to eight minutes". The crew handed out meals as they waited on the runway for hours.

The cause of the problem was unknown, with one of the plane´s passengers suggesting that a bird might have collided with the engine which was damaged.