Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Air France A380 compelled to return to New York while flying over Atlantic

An Airbus A380 - the largest passenger plane - was forced to turn back to New York after 90 minutes into the flight. The Air France plane bound to Paris made urgent return due to "minor incident" the company said, without specifying exactely what the technical problem was. An official said that "It was a problem with the flight computer that made the navigation slightly imprecise...but incident had nothing to do with plane speed". The A380 landed safely at New York's JFK Airport at 10:17 ET on Friday 27 November 2009. The 538-seat passenger jet was checked and 3 hours later took off again with 402 people on board. It completed its transatlantic flight getting to Paris without any further incident. Air France celebrated the new-A380 inaugural commercial transatlantic flight on 21 November 2009 when the brand aircraft was en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to JFK New York. Air France received its first A380 at the end of october becoming the 4th airline operating the most famous superjumbo after Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Australia's Quantas.


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