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Air France makes emergency landing in Shannon

Christian Fernsby |

KEY POINTS
  • Air France flight AF-136 was travelling from Paris, France to Chicago in the U.S.
  • The flight had taken off from Charles De Gaulle Airport
  • The crew had been in contact with controllers from the Irish Aviation Authority’s North Atlantic Communications Centre

Air France flight AF-136 was travelling from Paris, France to Chicago in the U.S. and was about 250 kilometres off the north-west coast of Ireland when the pilot advised air traffic controllers that they wished to divert to Shannon Airport for “security reasons.”

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The flight had taken off from Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 2.00pm Irish time and was almost two hours into its journey when the crew turned around.

At the time, the crew had been in contact with controllers from the Irish Aviation Authority’s North Atlantic Communications Centre at Ballygirreen in Co Clare.

The flight was cleared to turn around and divert to Shannon where airport authorities and An Garda Síochána had been alerted to the situation.

In the meantime, the crew descended to 6,000 feet where they were able to burn off aviation fuel to ensure they touched down within safe landing weight limits.


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