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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70447
Last updated: 27 November 2020
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Date:30-NOV-2009
Time:03:50 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-203
Owner/operator:Air France
Registration: F-GZCK
C/n / msn: 516
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 215
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:en route at FL380 overhead the Atlantic -   Brazil
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport (GIG), RJ, Brazil
Destination airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), France
Narrative:
An Air France Airbus A330-200, registration F-GZCK, was not damaged when it encountered severe turbulence
over the Atlantic. Flight AF445 deprted November 29 from Rio de Janeiro Galeao,RJ (Brazil) on a scheduled flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France) with 203 passengers and 12 crew.
It was enroute at FL380 overhead the Atlantic Ocean on airway UN866 just before waypoint DEKON about 680nm northeast of Fortaleza,CE (Brazil) and 750nm southwest of Praia (Cape Verde), when the crew radioed a Mayday call on the international emergency frequency indicating, they encountered severe turbulence and were descending to a lower altitude. AF445 landed safely at Paris Charles de Gaulle.
The Mayday call was relayed by the crew of a TAM Airbus A330-200 registration PT-MVG performing flight JJ8055 from Paris-CDG to Rio de Janeiro,RJ (Brazil) at around 03:50Z (Nov 30th).
The French accident accident investigation bureau reported that they were investigating the occurrence in relation to the accident involving Air France 447 in the Atlantic in June, 2009.

Sources:

https://www.bea.aero/enquetes/vol.af.447/info07decembre2009.php
http://desastresaereosnews.blogspot.com/2009/12/voo-da-air-france-enfrenta-turbulencia.html
http://avherald.com/h?article=42380873&opt=0

Airplane photo: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-France/Airbus-A330-203/1558569/L?sid=07272a7c8d92a30e9dec083c0f1ba50e

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

11 Apr 2020 F-GZCK Air France 0 Pointe-Noire Airport (PNR/FCPP) min


Images:

Photo of F-GZCK courtesy AirHistory.net


Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (KIAH / IAH)
14 February 2020; (c) Robin Guess

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Dec-2009 10:08 jorgetadeu7 Added
12-Dec-2009 10:18 harro Updated

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