Plane forced to make emergency landing after engine rips apart at 37000ft

An Air France plane forced to land in Canada with engine damage. Pic @rickengebretsen

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 passengers are now being assisted by teams dispatched to the location".

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".

Pamela Adams, a travel writer and family therapist from southern California, said she and her husband were on their way home from a trip in France, when six hours into the flight, they got up in the aisle to stretch their limbs.

He said that a bird strike was not a likely cause of the incident at such a high altitude, and his experience led him to believe the stage-one fan - the exterior fan blades on the front of the engine - had somehow failed.

"We saw the cabin crew walking through the aisles quickly, and we heard an announcement from the captain that said one of our engines had an explosion". It was not immediately clear how the engine became damaged.

An Air France plane forced to land in Canada with engine damage. Image approved by Foreign Desk. Credit Pic @rickengebretsen
Image The plane flew for 90 minutes following the damage. Pic @rickengebretsen

The plane was met by fire crews, but they weren't needed.

He said passengers were settling in for relaxation when it happened.

The Air France jet was reportedly travelling from Paris to Los Angeles when the engine failed.

Passengers remain stranded on the plane in Canada, as the airport is not equipped to handle an Airbus A380.