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Audio records the alarming moments as an Air France pilot struggles to control his Boeing 777 and has to abort its landing in Paris

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Airport workers load an Air France Boeing 777 parked on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

  • An Air France flight from New York to Paris was forced to attempt a second landing on Tuesday.

  • Cockpit audio reveals that the pilot was having difficulty landing the Boeing 777.

  • French aviation officials said Wednesday they were investigating the incident.

A tense recording in the cockpit revealed the times an Air France pilot struggled to control his Boeing 777 during an aborted landing in Paris on Tuesday.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, landed for the second time at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Tuesday morning after an overnight flight from New York.

The radio communication between the air traffic controllers and one of the plane pilots was first published by industry news site AirLive and has since been verified with CNN by French air safety investigators , the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA).

This suggests that the pilots could not control the aircraft as it approached the runway for landing. In the audio, one of the pilots can be heard growling and gasping as alarms sound in the cockpit.

“Stop, stop,” he said.

The air traffic controller then said that he had noticed that the plane had veered off to the left of the runway and ordered the pilot to “stop the approach…immediately”.

“I’ll call you back,” said the pilot.

After a few seconds, the pilot informed air traffic control that he had stabilized the plane but was forced to perform a go-around after he “did not respond”.

You can listen to the audio here:

Air France did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, and a Boeing spokesperson referred Insider’s questions to the BEA.

In a statement on Wednesdaythe BEA said it had opened an investigation into what it described as a “serious incident”.

The Boeing aircraft had encountered “flight control instability on final approach, overshoot, control harshness, flight path oscillations,” he said.

It is not known how many people were on board the plane when the incident occurred. The 777-300ER has a capacity of 396 passengers, according to Boeing. A passenger on the plane told CNN there were “people screaming in the cabin” after “two or three sudden jolts”.

“Afterwards, the plane came back,” he added. “We circled for 10 minutes over the airport, and the second attempt was very smooth. We weren’t jostled like the first.”

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