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Air France A380 superjumbo makes emergency landing with damaged engine

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Paris: An Air France A380 superjumbo carrying more than 500 people made an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday after suffering “serious damage” to one of its engines, with passengers recounting hearing a loud bang followed by violent shaking.

The double-decker wide body aircraft carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew had taken off from Paris bound for Los Angeles and was several hours into the flight when the incident occurred.

The plane was diverted as it passed over Greenland and landed safely at a military airport in Goose Bay, eastern Canada, at 1542 GMT, according to sources.

All of the 520 people on board were evacuated with no injuries.The cause of the problem was not immediately clear.

Air France operates 10 Airbus A380s, the largest passenger planes in the world.

In 2010, a Qantas A380 was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore when one of its Rolls-Royce engines failed, causing the airline to ground its fleet of the superjumbos for weeks.

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