Sobering air traffic control audio reveals the panic that an Air France flight crew experienced when their Boeing 777-300ER suddenly became unresponsive during final approach in Paris.
Air France 777-300ER Fails To Respond To Pilot Input, Veers Left On Approach To Paris CDG
The incident occurred on Air France 11, traveling from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) on April 5th. The issue occurred during final approach to runway 26L and involved a Boeing 777-300ER (registration F-GSQJ).
Listen to the audio below, which includes a harrowing interval in which pilots audibly struggle for control of the aircraft, telling air traffic control (ATC) that the plane was not responding to commands and veering to the left.
After an aborted landing, the aircraft stabilized at 1,200 feet, climbed to 4,000 feet, and then was able to successfully land on runway 27R at CDG, also known as Roissy Airport.
Air France has issued a statement about AF11, calling the issue a “technical incident”:
Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF011 on 4 April 2022 from New York JFK to Paris-CDG aborted their landing sequence and performed a go-around due to a technical incident during the approach.
The crew mastered the situation and landed the aircraft normally after a second approach. Air France understands and regrets the discomfort felt by customers.
The go-around is defined by the authorities, aircraft manufacturers and Air France as a normal procedure. The crews are trained and regularly instructed in these procedures, which are used by all airlines to guarantee the safety of flights and passengers, which is an absolute necessity for Air France.
I won’t speculate here what caused the issue, but would certainly welcome input from pilots in the comments section below. Based upon the way in which the pilot screamed, “STOP! STOP! STOP IT!” it seems to me this was not an ordinary emergency.
Kudos to the Air France flight crew for landing the plane and keeping everyone onboard safe. It isn’t clear what happened onboard, but I trust we will soon find out.
image: Anna Zvereva (the actual aircraft)