Fourth incident in a week cancels Brazil-France flight
Air France has canceled its fourth flight from Brazil to Paris in a week, this time due to technical problems, the French carrier said.
An inspection of the Airbus A330-200 cargo aircraft revealed an electrical problem, forcing cancellation of Flight 445 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris late Saturday, Air France said. It is now due to leave with all 170 people on board on Sunday at 11:00 pm (0200 GMT Monday), a company adviser told AFP.
On Thursday, 227 passengers spent the night in Sao Paulo after damage to the plane's fuselage was found and the flight was rescheduled for a day later.
Two days earlier, an Air France plane en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro was forced to make an emergency return two and a half hours into the flight because several of the aircraft's toilets did not work.
And last Saturday, an Air France jumbo jet with 405 passengers on board en route to Paris landed in Recife on Brazil's Atlantic coast overnight after a false bomb alert.
The string of cancellations came after an Air France Airbus A330 crashed off the coast of Brazil en route to Paris last June, killing all 228 people on board. It was the worst crash in Air France's 75-year-history.
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