“Hot smell” forces Boeing to make emergency landing in Iqaluit

“Hot smell” forces Boeing to make emergency landing in Iqaluit
“Hot smell” forces Boeing to make emergency landing in Iqaluit

An Air France Boeing 787-900 aircraft which was operating a Paris-Seattle flight was diverted to a Canadian airport on Tuesday following “the appearance of a hot smell felt in the cabin”, we learned Wednesday from the airline, which has so far detected “no anomaly”.

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“Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF338 on May 7, 2024, connecting Paris (CDG) to Seattle (SEA) in a Boeing 787-900, decided to divert to Iqaluit airport (YFB), Canada, following the appearance of a hot smell felt in the cabin,” she said in a statement sent to AFP.

“This decision was taken in accordance with the manufacturer’s procedures, the company’s instructions and in application of the precautionary principle. The plane landed normally in Iqaluit (northeast of Canada, Editor’s note) at 10:44 a.m. local time on Tuesday, she said.

“The first checks by the Air France mechanic seconded to the site have not yet revealed any anomalies. These checks continue,” said an Air France spokesperson.

Boeing is going through a difficult time after several incidents. Three of the four commercial aircraft models currently manufactured by the American group are officially the subject of an investigation by the American Civil Aviation Regulatory Agency (FAA), including the 787 “Dreamliner”.

“Air France scrupulously follows the requests and recommendations of the French and international authorities. No reservations have been expressed regarding the fleets of Boeing 787 and 777 operated by our company,” recalled the latter.

The passengers of the diverted flight were transported to New York-JFK airport before being re-routed to Seattle “as soon as possible”.

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