A Paris-bound Air France Boeing-777 makes an emergency landing at the Beijing International Airport approximately 14 minutes after departure; the plane is said to have caught fire while taking off.
According to the details, an Air France plane, flight number AF-393, made an emergency landing at Beijing Airport on Saturday morning at 04:03 local time (20 03 UT). The plane caught fire just one minute into takeoff after passengers heard a loud bang before smoke filled the cabin.
— Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@aviationbrk) September 18, 2021
A local Chinese newspaper reported: “The plane took off from Beijing Capital International Airport this morning, and shortly afterwards the rear of the plane exploded, causing smoke to billow from it.”
No injuries were reported in the incident, but photos of the passengers on social media showed that some of the seats had been destroyed.
A cabin fire on Air France flight AF393, which was scheduled to take off from Beijing to Paris on Sat morning, sent the plane back to the Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daily reported. No injuries have been reported and the airline has not revealed detailed info. pic.twitter.com/nfnBDprgyj
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 18, 2021
Air France has confirmed that its passenger flight crew decided to return to Beijing airport 14 minutes after takeoff. They also claim its crew has identified a technical problem with the plane. The cause of the smoke has not yet been determined, but the airline is investigating.
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