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An Air France Boeing 777 was involved in a “serious

incident” as it approached Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport earlier this month.

This is according to the BEA. The French bureau investigates air crashes and aviation safety.

Because an investigation is still ongoing, the BEA couldn’t give further details as to the cause of the incident. As part of the investigation, the BEA is analysing flight data from the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. These recorders are also known as the black boxes.

A recording of the cockpit was shared online and a voice that is believed to be that of the pilot can be heard saying “stop, stop” while an alarm can be heard going off in the cockpit.

Then the male voice can be heard saying to air traffic controllers “I’ll call you back, I’ll call you back,” followed by the voice of an air traffic controller who instructs the pilot to “stop approach... immediately”.

Air France spokesman Mathieu Guillot said the pilots appropriately responded to the situation by circling and making a second attempt at landing.

“Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF011 from New York JFK to Paris-CDG aborted their landing sequence and performed a go-around during the approach. The crew landed the aircraft normally after a second approach. Air France understands and regrets the discomfort experienced by customers.”

Guillot went on to say that “the crews are trained and regularly instructed in these procedures, which are used by all airlines to guarantee the safety of flights and passengers, which is Air France’s utmost priority”.

Image credit: Airways Magazine

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