• Lexi Ponder

Air France flight makes emergency landing after engine drops

After the engine fell from an Air France plane on Sept. 30, 2017, the flight had to make an emergency landing into Canada. The Air France flight, which was on its way from Paris to Los Angeles, was carrying close to 500 passengers and about 24 crew members.

According to CNN, FlightAware mentioned, “Air France Flight 66 departed from the gate at Charles de Gaulle Airport on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. local time, but taxied for more than 90 minutes before eventually departing at 11:42 a.m. Paris time.”

When the engine became damaged and fell apart, Flight 66 landed at the Goose Bay military airport in Canada, and all the passengers were evacuated without any injuries, according to an Air France spokesman in Paris who spoke to Agence France-Presse.

The Independent stated, “An investigation is currently underway to shed light on this serious incident with representatives from the BEA (French Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau), the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Air France.”

One aviation analyst on Twitter mentioned that this incident was unlikely to be caused by a collision with a bird since the engine failed at a high altitude.

According to the Canadian broadcaster CTV, a passenger from the flight said that the pilot announced that the engine had failed after a loud noise arose from outside the plane. After quickly recovering the plane and landing safely, the passengers and staff were left for 12 hours in Goose Bay airport since the small airport was not equipped to handle large jets like the Air France.