Air France A380 in emergency diversion after engine parts detach

An Air France flight en route from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Canada after one of its engines suffered "serious damage".

The engine of an Air France plane from Paris to the US disintegrated in the sky, forcing the aircraft into an emergency landing.

One of the passengers, a master of understatement named Daniel McNeely, tweeted, "One of our engines is slightly blown apart" and "I think the engine has seen better days".

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

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 of the plane posted photos of the damaged engine.

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Airbus was not immediately available for comment.

Aircraft on trans-Atlantic flights commonly use Goose Bay Airport in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for emergency fueling stops.

Flight AF66 was originally scheduled to travel from Paris to Los Angeles.

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