BEA, the French department that investigates air catastrophes and aviation safety, has begun an investigation after an Air France Boeing 777 airliner approaching Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport was engaged in a “severe incident,” according to BEA.
“The airplane was simply kind of out of control,” a pilot says in an audio tape of air traffic control that French officials claim is of the event.
According to a BEA tweet, the incident occurred on Tuesday, April 5, with “instability of flight controls on final, go-around, hard controls, flight path oscillations.”
The BEA would not provide CNN with any more information on what caused the event or why it was classified as “severe,” stating that it would have to wait until the inquiry was completed. The agency is reviewing flight data from the black back boxes, which include the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.
However, it verified an audio recording of contact between the flight’s pilot and the control tower that was put online.
The clip was modified to isolate the flight’s audio and put online by AIRLIVE, a privately funded aviation-focused website that claims to have direct access to recordings of Paris Charles de Gaulle’s Air Traffic Control.
On Wednesday, Air France stated it “understands and regrets the inconvenience caused to consumers.” According to spokesman Mathieu Guillot, the pilots responded correctly to the circumstances by circling and attempting a second landing.
“Air France confirms that during the approach, the crew of aircraft AF011 from New York JFK to Paris-CDG aborted their landing sequence and executed a go-around.”
“After a second approach, the crew landed the plane normally. “Air France recognizes and regrets the inconvenience caused to passengers,” the airline stated.
The regulators, aircraft manufacturers, and Air France all consider the go-around to be standard procedure. The crews are regularly trained and reminded about these procedures, which are used by all airlines to ensure the safety of flights and passengers, which is Air France’s top priority.”
As an alert sounds in the cockpit, a voice that appears to be that of a pilot is heard yelling “stop, stop” on the BEA recording.
The male voice can be heard promising air traffic controllers, “I’ll call you back, I’ll call you back,” after they warn him to “halt approach… immediately.”
The pilot can then be heard telling controllers that he has decided to abort the landing.
“We went about looking for a command issue. The plane had gotten a little out of hand “a voice can be heard stating “We’re all set to resume our final approach using radar guidance. Allow us time to deal with the matter before guiding us with a tailwind.”
Passenger Pierre-Loc Jacquemin told CNN’s French station BFMTV that there were “two or three violent jolts” as the jet approached the airport.
At the time of the event, he added, “there were people yelling in the cabin.”
“The plane then took off again. We circled the airport for ten minutes, and the second attempt was quite soft. We weren’t pushed around as in the first one “Added the passenger.
According to tracking data from the aviation websites FlightAware and FlightRadar24, the nearly seven-hour Air France flight 11 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was aboard a French-registered Boeing 777 aircraft, which shows the 17-year-old plane landing after the second attempt.
Questions concerning the incident were directed to the BEA by Boeing spokesman Paul Lewis.
The US National Transportation Safety Board would be involved in an official inquiry into the tragedy because it was a US-made aircraft.
According to NTSB spokesperson Peter Knudson, the board has selected an official to assist in the French-led probe. He stated that the French BEA had contacted the NTSB.
This development does not necessarily imply that NTSB officials will fly to Paris.
The US Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.
It’s unknown how many passengers were on board at the time of the incident.