Air France pilot says plane ‘went nuts’ before aborted landing, reveals cockpit audio

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Air security investigators have opened an enquiry into an Air France flight after it aborted touchdown on Tuesday, with cockpit audio revealing pilots mentioned the aircraft was “going nuts”.

Pilots appeared to wrestle to manage the Boeing 777 on descent into Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, with a recording from the cockpit capturing a fraught change between crew and air visitors management.

Officers are heard saying “Wait! cease cease!” after which “I’ll name you again! I’ll name you again!” whereas emergency alarms sound within the background.

One pilot provides: “The aeroplane is just about going nuts.”

The air visitors controller responded: “I’ve seen on the radar, it swayed to the left.”

The audio has since been posted to YouTube.

Describing it as “a severe incident”, France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Evaluation for Civil Aviation Security (BEA) mentioned that it had famous “instability of flight controls on last, go-around, arduous controls, flight path oscillations”.

Flight AF11 from New York JFK to Paris CDG, operated on a Boeing 777, was on method to runway 26L when the incident occurred.

After the panic within the cockpit, the pilots have been capable of carry out a go-around at 1,200ft earlier than returning and touchdown safely in Paris.

Final February, Boeing 777s world wide have been grounded after the US’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced an investigation right into a United Airways flight that suffered an engine failure over Denver.

Nobody onboard was injured within the incident on 20 February 2021, because the United Airways aircraft returned safely to Denver Worldwide Airport shortly after the engine drawback.

An Air France spokesperson mentioned: “Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF011 on 4 April 2022 from New York JFK to Paris-CDG aborted their touchdown sequence and carried out a go-around in the course of the method.

“The crew landed the plane usually after a second method.

“Air France understands and regrets the discomfort felt by clients.

“The go-around is outlined by the authorities, plane producers and Air France as a standard process. The crews are skilled and commonly instructed in these procedures, that are utilized by all airways to ensure the protection of flights and passengers, which is Air France’s absolute precedence.”

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