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This is one of two powerplant options available for the Airbus A380, along with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.

The airline said the plane landed safely Saturday afternoon after being diverted to Goose Bay airport as a precaution in response to a technical issue.

Air France confirmed the incident but offered few details, saying passengers were in the process of being transitioned to new flights to LA.

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

Daniel McNeely, who said he is one of the passengers, tweeted that mayday was declared while the air craft was flying over the North Atlantic Ocean.

Passengers on board uploaded stomach-turning images of the destroyed engine to Twitter. It said teams have been dispatched to help passengers as the airline works to re-route them to Los Angeles and its connecting platforms.

The debris had to be cleaned up before Runway 26 could be reopened.

"The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly", Air France officials said in a statement. Customers taken care by Air France and rerouting solutions on going.


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