Roissy Airport: an Air France Boeing plane bound for the United States must land urgently

Roissy Airport: an Air France Boeing plane bound for the United States must land urgently
Roissy Airport: an Air France Boeing plane bound for the United States must land urgently

By Thomas Martin
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May 8, 24 at 8:37

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This was not the intended destination. Passengers of the Air France Boeing, departing from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport bound for Seattle in the United States, Tuesday May 7, 2024, were forced to make an emergency stop in the great north of Canada where their plane finally landed. A journey that they did not imagine when they took off from Paris at 10:44 a.m. and which, according to several local media, was due to the detection of a “burnt” smell on board.

272 people on board the Air France Boeing

The Boeing carrying 272 passengers and crew landed in the Nunavut capital at 11:41 a.m. local time, reports Radio-Canada. The trajectory of the aircraft, which can be consulted on the specialized site FlightAware, has in fact been suddenly modified.

The trajectory of the Boeing leaving Roissy bound for Seattle has been modified (©FligtAware)

Radio-Canada specifies that another Air France aircraft was dispatched from Montreal to pick up passengers and staff stuck in Iqaluit in order to transport them to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. They were able to take off 10 hours after their forced landing.

In New York, rerouting solutions to Seattle were to be offered to them by Air France.

A Nunavut government spokesperson says no damage or injuries have been reported, reports CTNews.

The Canadian media outlet explains that Iqaluit International Airport is included in flight plans as a diversion airport for many airlines and private operators that travel on polar routes between North America, Asia and the Europe. It would therefore be quite regularly the scene of aircraft diversions due to technical or medical problems.

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