“We heard a big popping sound and the airplane basically dropped.”


An Air France flight on its way from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday after an engine exploded mid-air.

The Airbus A380, which has four engines, landed safely in Goose Bay. Photos from passengers show extensive damage to the engine.

“Suddenly there was an enormous bang, and the whole plane shook,” another passenger, John Birkhead, told The New York Times. “We were lucky we weren't tossed to the ground.”

“We heard a big popping sound and the airplane basically dropped and it was trembling,” a passenger, Sarah Eamigh, told the New York Daily News. “You could definitely tell something was different and it wasn't just turbulence.”

In response, the airline described the engine as having “serious damage.”

“The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled the incident perfectly,” Air France said in a statement. The cause of the engine failure was not explained. The A380 is capable of flying with two of the four engines out of service.

Air France is making arrangements for two flights to take the passengers from Goose Bay to their final destination.