What we know about the chaotic landing of the plane which transported the Stade Français players to Toulouse

What we know about the chaotic landing of the plane which transported the Stade Français players to Toulouse
What we know about the chaotic landing of the plane which transported the Stade Français players to Toulouse

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The plane which was transporting the Stade Français rugby team on Saturday May 11 experienced a technical problem just before landing at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Explanations.

The Stade Français players had an arrival in the Pink City that was complicated to say the least last Saturday. Coming to face the Rouge et Noir on the 23rd day of the Top 14, their plane encountered a technical problem a few minutes before landing. 53 passengers and four crew members were on board the plane, an Embraer 170 from the Air France subsidiary HOP!

In a press release, Air France confirms that “the crew of flight AF4190 […] linking Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Toulouse-Blagnac requested priority for landing at Toulouse-Blagnac after suspecting a problem with the landing gear.”

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Low altitude passage for visual verification

When contacted, Air France explained to us in detail what happened. Shortly before landing, the pilots lowered the aircraft’s landing gear but the left main landing gear did not lock. The pilots therefore applied the procedure defined for this type of incident. They carried out a low-altitude pass in front of the control tower so that the controllers could visually check that all the trains, particularly the left, had extended.

Air traffic controllers carried out a visual inspection of the plane during a low altitude pass.
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This being the case, the plane then returned to position itself on the runway axis and landed without incident at 3:28 p.m. in the presence of the airport firefighters. Contrary to what is reported by some media, there was no landing attempt and none of the gears broke during landing.

The passengers were able to disembark normally and were then transferred to the terminal by bus. The plane was towed to a hangar to undergo maintenance. For now, the Embraer 170 in the colors of HOP! is still in Blagnac. It is unknown when it will be returned to service.

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Air France indicated that it “regrets the inconvenience linked to this situation and recalls that the safety of its customers and crews is its absolute imperative.”

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