An Air France Boeing 787 diverts and makes an emergency landing in Canada after a suspicious smell felt in the cabin

An Air France Boeing 787 diverts and makes an emergency landing in Canada after a suspicious smell felt in the cabin
An Air France Boeing 787 diverts and makes an emergency landing in Canada after a suspicious smell felt in the cabin

An Air France Boeing 787-900 aircraft which was operating a Paris-Seattle flight was diverted this Tuesday, May 7, 2024 to a Canadian airport following “the appearance of a hot smell felt in the cabin”.

An Air France Boeing 787-900 aircraft which was operating a Paris-Seattle flight was diverted this Tuesday, May 7, 2024 to a Canadian airport following “the appearance of a hot smell felt in the cabin”we learned this Wednesday, May 8 from the airline, which has not yet detected “no anomaly”.

No anomalies

“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 (north-eastern Canada, Editor’s note) at 10:44 a.m. local time” Tuesday, she said.

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

Four models targeted by an investigation

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 concerning the fleets of Boeing 787 and 777 operated by our company”recalled the latter.

Passengers on the diverted flight were transported to New York-JFK airport before being rerouted to Seattle “as soon as possible”.

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