Air France jet makes emergency landing in Caracas

A Venezuelan minister said there was problem with Airbus A330`s landing gear.

Updated: Apr 14, 2011, 13:08 PM IST

Caracas: An Air France jet has made an emergency landing in Venezuela and a government official says no one was hurt.

The flight carrying 207 passengers took off from Caracas` international airport on Wednesday night bound for Paris.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said there was a problem with the Airbus A330`s landing gear. The plane returned and landed at Simon Bolivar International Airport nearly three hours after it took off.
El Aissami said on Twitter afterward: "All the passengers fine. Thanks to God!"

The Venezuelan rescue organisation Rescate Humboldt said in a statement that the problem was detected 29 minutes after takeoff and that the jet circled the airport to burn fuel as a precaution before making the emergency landing.

Bureau Report