Jumbo makes emergency landing after engine explodes midair

An engine on an Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was blown apart. Picture: TwitterSource:Supplied
An engine on an Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was blown apart. Picture: TwitterSource:Supplied

PASSENGERS have told of their terror after a plane's engine seemingly fell to pieces midair.

The Sun reports that Air France A380 was reportedly travelling from Paris to Los Angeles when the engine failed.

The pilot was forced to divert to Goose Bay airport in Canada - prompting a nervous wait for those aboard.

One passenger tweeted that the engine had "blown apart" over the Atlantic.

Another said they heard a "loud thud and a lot of vibration" before looking out of the window to see the terrifying site.

Shocking images shared on social media show the plane's mangled engine.

The passenger sharing one of the photos said: "I think the engine has seen better days."

The engine cowling appears to have been completely ripped off, and what is left is severely battered.

Luckily the plane was able to land safely and passengers told of their relief after the aircraft touched down in one piece.

One tweeted he was "just glad to be on the ground".

Air France said in a statement on social media: "AF66 landed safely. Customers taken care by Air France and rerouting solutions on going.

"Technical issue identified, AF66 diverting per precaution to Goose Bay YYR for technical checks."

This article originally appeared in The Sun

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