Brazil-France flight cancelled in third incident this week

16th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Air France canceled a flight from Sao Paulo to Paris on Thursday due to damage on the fuselage of the aircraft, in the third incident in less than a week on flights between Brazil and France.

The carrier said an inspection of the Boeing 777 revealed damage to the aircraft's fuselage, forcing the cancellation of Flight 455.

The 227 passengers were spent the night in Sao Paulo and the flight was rescheduled for Friday.

The incident came two days after an Air France plane en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro was forced to make an emergency return because several of the aircraft's toilets did not work.

The Boeing 747 airplane had 443 passengers on board and was two-and-half hours into the flight when the pilot made a decision to return to Rio.

Late 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.

Last June, an Air France Airbus A330 crashed off the coast of Brazil en route to Paris, killing all 228 people on board. It was the worst crash in Air France's 75-year-history.

© 2010 AFP

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