Dramatic audio captured the tense moments as the pilots of an Air France flight from New York to Paris struggled to maintain control of the plane as they approached the airport.
The Boeing 777 was cleared to land on runway 26L at Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday when air traffic controllers heard the crew struggling while an alarm sounded in the background.
“I’ll call you back,” a pilot is heard telling the controller after inquiring what’s going on, according to audio released by airlive.net.
“Climb the approach immediately at 1,500 feet,” the air traffic controller instructs the crew in French.
Moments later, a pilot informed the air traffic controller that the landing at 1,200 feet was aborted.
“We went around and stopped at 4,000 feet,” he says.
The other pilot then says they “had a problem with the commands,” adding that the plane “didn’t respond.”
“We are ready to continue the approach with radar guidance,” says the pilot after the shock in the cockpit.
“Please give us time to manage the situation and then lead us with tailwind,” he adds.
Approving the crew’s request to alter the approach to runway 27R, the controller said he “saw on the radar the plane veering to the left” during the frantic moments.
Air France said in a statement that the pilots “aborted their landing sequence and performed a go-around due to a technical incident during approach,” airlive.net reported.
“The crew mastered the situation and the aircraft landed normally after a second approach,” it said.
“Air France understands and regrets customers’ unease,” the airline said.
“The go-around is defined by authorities, aircraft manufacturers and Air France as a normal process,” it said.
“Crews are trained and regularly briefed on these procedures used by all airlines to ensure the safety of flights and passengers, which is an absolute necessity for Air France,” the company added.
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