An Air France plane was en route to Paris from Beijing when a “technical incident” made the flight turn back and return to Beijing early Saturday morning, – the airline stated, informing that the aircraft had landed “normally”.
The flight AF393 crew, on a Boeing-777, “chosen to return to Beijing after 14 minutes of flight because of some technical issue detections,” the carrier said in a statement this Saturday.
According to the French national carrier, “The airplane landed in Beijing at 04:03 am local time normally”.
According to The Beijing Daily, “a blast was heard at the back of the cabin and dark smoke was emitted” interior the plane. “Luckily, no one was harmed,” the newspaper wrote.
“The noise was due to overpressure within the pipe,” an Air France representative said, adding that “there was no fire”.
The French aircraft said the travelers would be flown to Paris within the day on another Boeing-777 being flown in from Seoul.
According to the Air France representative: “The Air France crews are frequently prepared for this sort of situations” and this incident is one of the “scenarios envisaged”.
The flight was at first anticipated to reach Paris at 7.45 am local time, Saturday morning.