Air France Flight 072
Air France Flight 072 was a regular flight between Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Papeete's Faa International Airport via Los Angeles International Airport on September 12, 1993. The aircraft overshot the Runway and ended up in a shallow inlet.
F-GITA, The Boeing 747-428 involved landing in May 2009 at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
|Date||September 12, 1993|
|Site||Fa'a'ā International Airport, Papeete, French Polynesia|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 747-400|
|Flight origin||Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Paris, France|
|Stopover||Los Angeles International Airport, California, United States of America|
|Destination||Fa'a'ā International Airport, Papeete, French Polynesia|
The aircraft operating the route was the Boeing 747-428 F-GITA, which was the first one delivered to Air France in February 1991. It was powered by 4 General Electric CF-6-80 Engines.
After flying from Los Angeles, Air France Flight 072 landed on Runway 22 at Papeete International Airport with a speed of 168 Knots at 21:05. At the time of the accident, the weather was clear. Due to the Number 1 engine being in go-around mode, it throttled to max power. The pilots tried to slow the aircraft down by using the remaining engines' thrust reversers but it started to roll off the runway. Due to this, the reverse thrust of Number 4 engine was cancelled. Although nobody was killed and the aircraft was put back into service, the aircraft was damaged and disrupted boat traffic near the runway. During the evacuation, only four minor injuries were reported.
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