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“Serious incident” of an Air France flight: French investigators open an investigation

Paris (CNN) — French aviation safety investigators have opened an investigation after an Air France Boeing 777 approaching Paris Charles de Gaulle airport was involved in a “serious incident”, according to the BEA, the French office which air accident investigation and aviation safety.

In an air traffic control audio recording which French authorities say relates to the incident, a pilot says the “plane was just kind of out of control”.

The incident happened on Tuesday, April 5, according to a Tweet by BEA which reported “flight control instability on final, overshoot, hard controls, flight path oscillations”.
The BEA did not give CNN further details about the causes of the incident or why it was described as “serious”, adding that it should await the completion of the investigation. The tweet says the agency is analyzing flight data from the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, known as the black tail boxes.

But he authenticated an audio recording posted online of the communication between the pilot of the flight and the control tower.

The recording was edited to isolate audio from the flight and posted online by private aviation-focused website AIRLIVE, which tells CNN it had direct access to Paris Air Traffic Control recordings Charles deGaulle.

What we hear in the recording

In the recording, a voice that is apparently that of a pilot is heard saying “stop, stop” as an alarm sounds in the cockpit.

“I’ll call you back, I’ll call you back,” hears the male voice say to the air traffic controllers, who order him to “stop the approach…immediately.”

The pilot is then heard signaling to the controllers the decision to abandon the landing.

“We did the trick following a problem with the controls. The plane was just a little out of control,” we heard. “We are ready to resume the final approach with radar guidance. Give us time to manage the situation, then guide us with the tailwind.”

Description of a passenger

As the plane approached the airport, there were “two or three sudden jolts,” passenger Pierre-Loïc Jacquemin told CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV.

“There were people screaming in the cabin” at the time of the incident, he said.

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

The flight came from JFK International

The nearly seven-hour Air France Flight 11 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was aboard a French-registered Boeing 777, according to tracking data from aviation websites FlightAware and FlightRadar24. , which show the landing of the 17-year-old plane. after the second attempt.

Boeing spokesman Paul Lewis referred questions about the incident to the BEA.

As an American-made aircraft, a formal investigation into the incident would involve the involvement of the US National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB could not immediately say whether it had been contacted by French investigators.

The US Federal Aviation Administration also had no immediate comment on the incident.

Air France did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment, and it is unclear how many people were on the flight when the incident occurred.

Top image: an archive photo of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

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