LOS ANGELES- The flag carrier of France, Air France (AF) flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG), has declared a medical emergency. Further, the flight operated by Boeing 777 is diverted to Reykjavik (KEF) in Iceland.
The French carrier operates four to five times a day. Subsequently, the airline deploys the Airbus A330-900, A350-900, and Boeing 777 family aircraft.
Air France Los Angeles to Paris Flight Declares Emergency
Now let us establish a timeline of this flight and when it declared the emergency. According to Flight Radar 24, Air France AF79 took off from Los Angeles (LAX) at around 4:34 AM UTC.
After being airborne for around seven hours, at 11:32 AM UTC, the flight crew declared a medical emergency. Subsequently, the flight diverted to Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Reykjavik, in Iceland, and it touched down at around 12:25 PM UTC.
The flight was scheduled to land at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris, at 12:55 PM local time. The fight AF79 is operated using Boeing 777-200, registered as F-GSPF. Further, it is around 25 years old aircraft. AF took delivery of it in 1999.
The exact nature of the medical emergency is not yet known. However, we will keep you posted if we have more details.
According to the source, the AF79 is expected to take off from Reykjavik (KEF) for Paris (CDG) shortly.
This is the developing story; keep checking back for the Latest Updates.
1st UPDATE: Flight AF79 took off again, this time from KEF, and is expected to land in CDG after being airborne for three hours and 30 mins.
In a remarkable display of expertise and composure, an off-duty Air Canada (AC) pilot came to the rescue when one of the pilots onboard an Air Canada jet airliner fell incapacitated during a domestic flight.
Authorities confirmed on 23 June 2023 that the quick-thinking off-duty pilot’s intervention led to a safe landing.
According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), the incident took place on June 7 during a 2,115 km (1,300 miles) journey from Toronto to St John’s in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
While en route, the first officer became incapacitated, prompting a critical situation in the cockpit.
Without hesitation, a deadheading captain—a pilot traveling commercially to a new assignment—stepped up and assumed the responsibilities of the incapacitated crew member.
With skill and precision, the off-duty pilot skillfully guided the aircraft to a smooth landing, ensuring the safety of everyone onboard.
The TSB highlighted that emergency medical services were readily available to meet the aircraft upon its arrival at the gate. Prompt medical assistance was provided to attend to the incapacitated crew member, guaranteeing their well-being.
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