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

Passengers on board a plane traveling from Paris to Los Angeles experienced a terrifying ordeal Saturday when one of the engines on their plane blew out while they were flying over the Atlantic Ocean.

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. The engine was made by Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric Co and United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney unit.

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Another passenger Daniel McNeely tweeted "one of our engines is slightly blown apart", before posting a picture of the shredded engine taken from inside the plane's cabin.

The Air France company qualified the incident as serious and praised the way pilots and the crew coped with it.

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Air France Flight AF66 was forced to divert to Canada after engine 4 on the starboard wing experienced a failure in mid-flight.

Photos showed damage to the outboard engine on the right wing.

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Airbus was not immediately available for comment. Pacific time, the airline said, and passengers are being rerouted from the remote Goose Bay airport.