Air France

  • Air India flight was just 25 kms away when missile hit the Malaysian plane July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: It was a close shave for Air India flight AI113 (B787) which was merely 25 kilometers away from the ill fated Malaysian airline MH17 when it was shot down at the UkrainianRussian border. So far, there have been no reports of any Indians on board the flight. The Ministry...
  • Jet Airways launches direct flight to Paris May 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Private carrier Jet Airways on Wednesday launched a direct flight service to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport from which offers passengers greater connectivity and seamless travel to Europe via the French capital. To begin with, the new flight will be operated four days a week but it will be converted...
  • Air France plane returns to Mumbai after engine problem March 11, 2013

    Mumbai: A Paris-bound Air France plane with 212 people on board was forced to return to the airport in Mumbai in the wee hours on Monday, barely 27 minutes after takeoff, due to engine dysfunction. The aircraft landed normally and all passengers were safe, the airline said even as a...
  • Air France crash: Faulty data misled pilot July 5, 2012

    Le Bourget (France): French air accident investigators say a combination of mistakes by inadequately trained pilots and faulty equipment caused an Air France jet to plunge into the Atlantic in 2009, killing all 228 people aboard. The BEA air accident investigation agency is recommending better training for pilots and stricter plane...
  • Pilot errors outlined in 2009 Air France crash July 29, 2011

    Le Bourget, France: French investigators describe a string of unexplained pilot errors and unreliable equipment in a report on the 2009 crash of an Air France plane in the Atlantic. Based on its probe into the crash so far, the French air accident investigation agency is recommending mandatory training for all...
  • Pilot role in focus in Air France crash May 27, 2011

    Paris: Pilots wrestled with the controls of an Air France airliner for more than four minutes before it plunged into the Atlantic with its nose up, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said on Friday. Aviation industry sources told Reuters pilots appeared to have acted contrary to normal procedures...
  • Voice recorder for 2009 Air France crash found May 3, 2011

    Paris: French investigators on Tuesday recovered the cockpit voice recorder from an Air France flight that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean almost two years ago, killing all 228 people on board. The machine that records cockpit conversations was located on Monday and raised from the ocean depths on Tuesday, according to...
  • Air France wreckage found; no black boxes April 5, 2011

    Paris: Specialists could start pulling up bodies and wreckage from an Air France plane found on the Atlantic Ocean floor within a month, after the stunning deepwater discovery raised new hope of determining the cause of the 2009 crash. Investigators said on Monday they still haven't found the plane's "black box"...
  • Air France emits wrong signals, intercepted by IAF August 27, 2009

    New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jet on Thursday scrambled to intercept an Air France plane that entered India from Pakistan and was using the wrong Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) code, officials said. A MiG29 jet immediately scrambled to "intercept and investigate the identity" of the aircraft. "IAF radars...
  • Air France plane makes emergency landing in Boston July 23, 2009

    Boston: An Air France flight out of Boston heading to Paris returned to make an early morning emergency landing 31 minutes after taking off. Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, said on Wednesday that Flight 321 left Logan International Airport with 125 people on board at 1:16 am...
  • Air France Flight 447 hit the sea, belly first July 3, 2009

    France: Air France Flight 447 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean, intact and belly first, at such a high speed that the 228 people aboard probably had no time to even inflate their life jackets, French investigators have said in their first report into the June 1 accident. Likening the investigation to...
  • Brazil calls off search for Air France 447 victims June 27, 2009

    Sao Paulo: Brazil's Air Force and Navy on Friday called off the search for additional victims and wreckage from Air France Flight 447, which crashed over the Atlantic on June 1 carrying 228 people. French officials have given no indication they are ending their own search efforts. To date, authorities have...
  • Time running out to find Air France 447's 'black box' June 26, 2009

    Paris: Investigators probing the deadly crash of Air France flight 447 over the Atlantic are running out of time to find the flight data recorders which could prove crucial to working out what caused the disaster. The tail fin of the Airbus A330 that crashed in the Atlantic is unloaded...
  • AF 447 pilot's body retrieved, claims Air France June 25, 2009

    Paris: Air France says the bodies of the chief pilot of Flight 447 and a flight attendant have been retrieved from the Atlantic. The airline says on its website that the two are among those identified in the international search operation for remains of the 228 victims and wreckage of the...
  • Air France black box signals found: French daily June 23, 2009

    Paris: French military ships have detected a signal from the black boxes of Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic depths, newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday. The report says a mini research submarine, the Nautile, dived on Monday to search for the boxes based on a "very weak signal" from...
  • Air France pays $24,500 to crash victims' families June 22, 2009

    Paris (France): Air France will pay families about 17,500 ($24,500) in initial compensation for each victim of the crash of Flight 447 this month, the company's chief executive said. So far, Air France has been in touch with about 1,800 relatives of the people who died when the Airbus A330 crashed...
  • Investigators closer to cracking AF crash cause June 18, 2009

    Paris/Sao Paulo: French investigators are getting closer to understanding the cause of an Air France crash that killed 228 people, but difficult search conditions in the Atlantic Ocean are hampering the process, France's chief air disaster investigator said on Wednesday. The Airbus 330 crashed into the sea en route...
  • Air France plane debris unlikely to be recovered June 17, 2009

    Paris: Authorities are most unlikely to recover all parts of the Air France plane that went down June 1 in the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people aboard, an official with France's air accident investigation board said Wednesday. The cause of the crash is not yet known, but investigators are "getting a...
  • Speed monitors switched on Air France jets June 17, 2009

    Paris: Air France has finished replacing air speed monitors on all its longhaul Airbus aircraft even though the cause of the Flight 447 disaster remains a mystery, a pilots' union official said on Monday. The search for the A330's black boxes was reinforced on Monday with a hightech US Navy device...
  • AF 447 crash: More bodies found June 17, 2009

    Le Bourget: Seven more bodies were recovered on Tuesday from the sea from the Air France plane crash, a mishap that happened earlier this month. That brings the total of bodies recovered up to 50, a Navy spokesman said. The arduous midAtlantic search for the remains of Air France Flight 447...
  • Rain matches gloom at Paris Air Show June 15, 2009

    Le Bourget: Grey, rainladen skies in Paris matched the mood at the Paris Air Show as it opened on Monday amid tough times for aviation. Already reeling from the global recession, the industry gathering in the city where Air France Flight 447 should have landed only two weeks ago has been...
  • Airbus urges patience on crash, says A330 safe June 15, 2009

    Paris: European planemaker Airbus warned against speculating on the cause of an Atlantic plane crash and defended the safety record of its A330 jetliner. An Air France A300 crashed into the Atlantic en route from Brazil to Paris on June 1, killing all 228 people on board in...
  • AF CEO debunks crash theory June 12, 2009

    Paris, (France): There should be no assumed link between onboard speed sensors and the crash of Air France Flight 447 into the Atlantic Ocean last week, the airline's chief executive said on Thursday. "I am not convinced that the sensors are the cause of the accident," said Air France Chief Executive...
  • Air France not blaming speed sensors yet for crash June 11, 2009

    Paris: Air France is not yet convinced that faulty speed sensors were to blame for the loss of one of its planes over the Atlantic, but it is replacing old sensors as a precaution, the airline's chief executive said on Thursday. PierreHenri Gourgeon told reporters that Air France was in a...
  • US also joins search for AF447's back box June 11, 2009

    Paris: The United States of America has also joined in the search operations for black boxes of Air France's AF 447 flight that crashed over the Atlantic Ocean on June 1. French nuclear submarine Emeraude arrived in the area on Wednesday to begin search for sonar locator signals from the black...
  • Terror twist? Passenger names add to AF mystery June 11, 2009

    London: The possibility of a terror link in the crash of the Air France jet into the Atlantic emerged on Wednesday night with a leading TV channel reporting that two of the passengers had shared names with some terror suspects but the French police appeared to downplay it. Two names...
  • Air France crash investigators begin analysis June 10, 2009

    Washington: The mystery surrounding the Air France catastrophe continues as investigators hope to find some clues in the crashed plane's debris. The debris or whatever little of the remains of the illfated plane as well as forensic reports of bodies recovered may help investigators put together the cause of the...
  • AF crash victims' bodies sent to DNA lab June 10, 2009

    The first bodies to be recovered from the crash of Air France 447 are due to arrive at a Brazilian Air Force base in Recife, Brazil on Wednesday afternoon local time, the air force announced. The 16 bodies are expected to be sent on for identification to the Legal Medical Institute,...
  • Mystery continues as sub looks for jet black box June 10, 2009

    Paris: A French submarine with advanced sonar equipment is due to begin searching on Wednesday for the flight recorders of the Air France airliner which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week, the French military said. The nuclearpowered submarine Emeraude was dispatched to the area last week to help recover the...
  • 41 bodies recovered from Air France crash site June 10, 2009

    Rio de Janeiro/Paris: Recovery teams have pulled an additional 17 bodies out of the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, bringing the total number of bodies retrieved after last week's Air France plane crash to 41. The airliner, travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board, crashed into the...