An Air France Airbus A380 was forced to divert to Goose Bay, Canada, earlier today while en route to Los Angeles after suffering a serious engine-failure event.

The aircraft (F-HPJE), which was operating today’s flight AF066 from Paris Charles de Gaulle, is understood to have been cruising at FL370 when major components of its No. 4 Engine Alliance GP7200 seperated. Images published online indicate that the nose cowl, part of the fan cowl and the fan disc detached.

Air France confirms that the A380 landed safely at Goose Bay at 15:42 GMT “following serious damage” to one of its engines. “The passengers are currently being assisted by teams dispatched to the location,” says Air France, which is now working to re-route passengers to Los Angeles.

According to Flight Fleets Analyzer, F-HPJE was delivered to Air France in May 2010 and is equipped with a total of 516 seats. It is one of 10 A380s operated by the French flag carrier.

Source: Cirium Dashboard