French passengers panic when plane turns around

12th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe, Sept 11 (AFP) - Passengers in a French jet flying from the Caribbean to Paris suffered panic attacks when the flight was forced to turn around, officials said Sunday, adding that recent airline crashes contributed to their fears.

POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe, Sept 11 (AFP) - Passengers in a French jet flying from the Caribbean to Paris suffered panic attacks when the flight was forced to turn around, officials said Sunday, adding that recent airline crashes contributed to their fears.

The Corsair Boeing 747-400, flying from Point-a-Pitre in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, returned to the island one hour after taking off Saturday due to a faulty fuel gauge, according to the airline.

The plane's fuel tanks were emptied before landing.

"The passengers were really panicking and we had to treat a seizure and several people suffering from malaise," said Laurent Clauzel, an airport firefighter official.

"People are scared and panic following the crashes of recent days," Clauzel said.

The flight eventually left for Paris early Sunday, but 42 of 541 passengers refused to board the plane.

More than 530 people have died since July in a series of commercial air accidents.

Last month, a Colombian plane crashed in Venezuela while traveling from Panama to another French Caribbean island, Martinique, killing 152 French passengers and its Colombian crew of eight.

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Subject: French news

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