Air France Flight AF66 was forced to divert to Canada after engine 4 on the starboard wing experienced a failure in mid-flight. The airline said it was making arrangements to send the plane's passengers to their destination of Los Angeles.
Another passenger tweeted the sardonic caption, "I think the engine has seen better days".
Air France confirmed the incident but offered few details, saying passengers were in the process of being transitioned to new flights to LA.
The crew handed out meals as they waited on the runway for hours, but even with full bellies, she said some passengers were growing restless.
Passengers on board uploaded stomach-turning images of the destroyed engine to Twitter.
Debris scattered across the runway as the plane made its approach, requiring cleanup before the runway could reopen.
"The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly", the statement said. Customers taken care by Air France and rerouting solutions on going.
The aircraft landed safely in Goose Bay following the incident over the Atlantic.