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AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TER)

Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:47 pm

According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, AF422 has made an adhoc landing into The Azores today 5th March.
Airport is Terceira. On Air France homepage it says: Due to a technical incident, the itinerary of flight AF422 has been changed.
Information given to passengers is that they will stay in TER until 14.00LT on 6th March.

AF homepage is now updated with the following information:
AF422 arrived into TER at 13:38 today 5th, estimated departure 12:30 6th March, arrival to BOG at 15:50.

Anyone with more details?


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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:58 pm

Interesting that this incident has made it to the news already. I guess it's not that common to see diversion for technical reasons across the Atlantic.

I wonder if AF hope to fix the plane, or will arrange a replacement.

Hopefully our AF insiders friends will let us have more details.
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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:16 pm

What happened?? It must have been scary to the pax! Which of the A343s was flying it?
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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:00 pm

According to the Aviation Herald, there was indication of smoke on the lower mobile deck (crew rest area).

I guess that because of crew duty times, and the time it would take to thoroughly check the airplane both for any signs of fire, and the checks due to having performed an overweight landing, it means stopping overnight.

Any chance that it could have been a member of the crew having a sneaky cigarette? One would hope not, les they be very red faced.

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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:09 pm

A busy day at TER. A Lufthansa 747 also diverted later due to a medical emergency. It seems a passenger had some kind of heart problems.
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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:30 am

Don't know how reliable this Guardian article is but it sounds scary.

Air France passengers speak of terror on plane that plummeted towards sea
Passengers on an Air France flight travelling from Paris to Bogota have told how they thought they were going to die when the plane they were on plummeted towards the Atlantic ocean after a burning smell filled the cabin.
Swedish newspaper Expressen quotes Eden Victoria Erlandsson, a passenger on the plane, as saying "panic took over, the cabin crew were sweating and shouting, and people were crying and praying. It was total panic."
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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:13 am

Having read the situation on different media, aside from the suddenness of an emergency descent, and all the unusualness of that maneuver for non-seasoned travellers, I think the words "panic" "crying" or "praying" are probably the result of a slow news day.

It was an overweight landing, though, so maybe the crew took security measures for the passengers´ safety for the landing. That may have been the contributor to the panic. But I can´t confirm they did that.

I just can´t imagine the captain coming on the PA saying: "Dear passengers, we have an onboard smoke/fire alarm going off in the cockpit here, let´s hope it´s false. In the meantime, we´ll be performing some emergency maneuvers..."

I just don´t see that.

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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:53 pm

Back to CDG, the Crew firmly denied all the allegations of certain media about "panic on board", "praying and crying passengers".
There was actually no smoke in the cabin, the crew did not use the smoke hood. There was NO EMERGENCY DESCENT and the Captain explained on the P.A the fuel dumping procedure. The descent lasted 25 minutes and there was no special cabin preparation for landing. The landing was normal.
The Captain was quite upset after reading what was written in a certain press and qualified what happened as a "typical non event" (sic)
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RE: AF422 5 March CDG-BOG Diverted To Terceira (TE

Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:25 pm

I am inclined to believe the Captain, and especially if there were many Colombian/Latin passengers onboard.
They tend to exaggerate everything about Aviation, and more if they are non-frequent travellers.

Every time there's an issue here it's a mess of crying and thinking they are going to die and blablabla, and the media, at least here, does not make it any better.
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