Computer glitch forces New York-Paris superjumbo to turn back
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Last Updated: Monday, November 30, 2009, 23:09
  
Paris: An Air France A380 had to turn around and land in New York after problems with its navigation system, only days after the superjumbo began flying across the Atlantic, the airline said on Monday.

The double-decker Airbus made a U-turn 90 minutes after takeoff from New York and landed safely at Kennedy Airport in the early hours of Saturday, an Air France spokesman told a news agency.

"The plane is new and is still getting into its stride. It was a minor computer problem that made navigation a little imprecise," he said.

The plane was carrying about 530 people on the New York-Paris flight when it was forced to turn back. Following repairs in New York, it took off again three hours later.

It was the second time that an A380, the world's largest passenger plane, was forced to turn around in mid-flight due to a malfunction.

A Singapore Airlines superjumbo returned to Paris on September 27 after one of its four engines failed during a routine flight to Singapore. Airbus later said the engine trouble was a "non event" in technical terms.

The Air France spokesman described last week's problem as a "minor" computer glitch, and said the airline took immediate steps to respond to the defect.

"It was a minor glitch, but we do apply a principle of absolute caution and as soon as there is the slightest concern, we come back, we fix it and the plane takes off again," he said.

"It was a problem with the in-flight computer but it did not at all affect air speed," he added.

An Air France A330 jet made by Airbus crashed in the Atlantic in June, killing all 228 people on board.

PTI


First Published: Monday, November 30, 2009, 23:09


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