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A passenger flight from Paris to California was forced to make an emergency landing following “serious damage” to one of its four engines.

Air France confirmed the plane landed safely after being diverted to Goose Bay airport in Canada.

Passengers described hearing a loud bang and felt a sudden movement before the aircraft seemed to steady itself.

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

Rick Engebretsen told Sky News: “Load thud and vibration indicating a catastrophic failure of an important component. Turned out to be the engine. It felt like we hit a big pothole.

“It occurred about the time everyone was resting. Everyone immediately woke up and started preparing for a crash. It settled down once the pilots found the right speed and altitude.

An Air France plane forced to land in Canada with engine damage. Image approved by Foreign Desk. Credit Pic: @rickengebretsen

Image: Rick Engebretsen said ‘it felt like we hit a big pothole’. Pic: @rickengebretsen

“A lot of very scared people on the plane. Including myself.”

Fellow passenger Pamela Adams told the Associated Press: “We heard this tremendous bang. It was like the plane hit a Jeep at 35,000ft.

“We grabbed onto something and then we sat down, and the plane righted itself fairly soon.”

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

Image: The seriousness of the damage could be seen through the window of the aircraft. Pic: @rickengebretsen

She said she thought the plane had struck a bird, but then, it became clear that the situation was more dramatic.

The pilot soon came on over the loudspeaker and explained the jet had lost one of its engines and would be landing in Canada, Ms Adams said.

The plane landed 90 minutes later and Air France brought in two flights to fly the 497 passengers from Goose Bay to Los Angeles.

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