Air France Flight Paris-Bucharest Declares Emergency

An Air France Airbus A319 approaching to land.
Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

An Air France flight bound for Bucharest, Romania from Paris declared an emergency and diverted to Budapest on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Air France flight AF1088, an Airbus A319 from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, declared an emergency with transponder code 7700 whilst en route to Bucharest (OTP).

Air France AF1088 Paris-Bucharest

The aircraft was in cruising flight in Hungarian airspace when the decision was made to initiate the unscheduled diversion to Budapest.

Having initiated the diversion and commenced a descent the aircraft subsequently squawked the emergency transponder code 7700.

Flight data for the service shows that flight AF1088 made an on-time departure out of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). Actual time of departure was logged as 20:21 local time on 8 April.

The aircraft then set because normally climbing to flight level FL390 (39,000 feet) on the easterly route.

Diversion to Budapest (BUD)

Flight AF1088 then commenced a descent and initiated a diversion to nearby Budapest at 20:02 UTC. Transponder code 7700 was activated shortly thereafter and an expedited descent was continued for Budapest.

The nature of the emergency prompting the en route diversion is not yet known. The flight subsequently landed at the division airport Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) approximately 20:30 UTC.

An Air France Airbus A319 approaching to land.
Laurent ERRERA from L’Union, France, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The aircraft conducting the evening AF1088 rotation for Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport was an Airbus A319-111, registered F-GRHF.

This is a 24.9 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the French national carrier Air France. It has been in service with the airline since its initial delivery in June 1999.

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