Air France A380 flight forced into emergency landing in Canada after mid-flight engine blow-out over Atlantic is being investigated

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An investigation has been launched after an Air France flight was forced to make an emergency landing when major damage occurred to one of the plane's four engines.

The incident happened on flight AF066 en route to Los Angeles from Paris while flying over the Atlantic ocean on Saturday.

The double-decker A380 with nearly 500 passengers on board was diverted to Goose Bay airport in Canada "following serious damage to one of its four engines" the airline said.

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An investigation by Air France, the French Accident Investigation Bureau and Airbus has been launched to probe the cause of the "serious incident".

Passengers aboard the flight reported the engine "exploding" and pictures shared on social media show an almost disintegrated engine.

The engine blow out occurred around five hours into the long-haul journey as the supoerjumbo jet was travelling over the southern tip of Greenland.

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