Sunday, 19 September 2021

Air France makes emergency landing in Beijing

AIR FRANCE A380-861 F-HPJF (MSN 064)

An Air France flight from Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG) was forced to return to Beijing to make an emergency landing due to smoke on board the aircraft.
According to the newspaper Beijing Daily, the plane took off from the Beijing Capital International Airport in the early hours of Saturday morning, and soon thereafter, a bang was heard in the area of the tail of the jet, following which black smoke emerged.

According to a passenger a 'bang' was heard at row 52 in the passenger cabin. A passenger in or near the left-hand window seat reported rush of air coming from under his feet, followed by loud noise from the ceiling and the smell of smoke. There was no fire. Initial information suggests there was an air conditioning system failure.

Air France Statement:

"Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF393 on the 18th September 2021 from Beijing airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle in a Boeing 777 returned to Beijing after 14 minutes due to a technical incident. A failure in the aircraft's pneumatic system led to an overpressure in one of the air-conditioning pipes, which spread residue and dust in the cabin.

The crews are trained and regularly instructed to carry out this procedure in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and the aircraft's instructions.

The aircraft landed normally in Beijing at 4.03am (local time).

The customers were taken care of by Air France teams and accommodated at the airport. They will be flown back to Paris today on another Boeing 777.

Maintenance work will be carried out on the aircraft concerned before it is returned to service.

Air France recalls that the safety of its crews and customers is its absolute priority and regrets the inconvenience caused by this situation.

No individuals were injured in the incident.
The causes of the incident remain unknown.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: Air France
Code: AF/AFR
Aircraft: Boeing 777-328
Registration: F-GSQD
Serial Number: 32726
First Flew: Sept 2004
Age 17 yrs

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