Air France flight Paris-Marseille declares emergency

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An Air France regional flight operating from Paris to Marseille has declared an emergency and is currently diverting.

Air France flight AF9404, an A320 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) declared an emergency with squawk code 7700 en route.

Initially bound for Marseille, the flight is presently making good a diversion and approach into Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.

Air France AF9404 Paris-Marseille

Flight data shows that Air France AF9404 departed Paris CDG at 14:23 local time for the short-haul service.

The aircraft had set course normally and climbed to FL230 (23,000 feet); declaring an emergency at 15:05 local time.

Having passed abeam Lyon (LYS), the aircraft subsequently commenced a descent and change of course for LYS.

Update 14:30 UTC – Diversion LYS

Flight AF9404 declared the general emergency with squawk code 7700 whilst in the cruise en route. The flight then initiated a diversion to nearby Lyon (LYS).

The nature of the problem prompting this afternoon’s diversion is not yet known. The aircraft has now landed at the diversion airport of LYS.

The aircraft operating today’s AF9404 service to Marseille is an Airbus A320-200 registered F-HBNJ. This is a 12-year old narrowbody belonging to French national carrier Air France.

According to Planespotters data, F-HBNJ has remained operation with the carrier since its original ferry on 23 November 2011.

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport

The Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport, is the international airport serving Lyon, France’s third-largest city. It’s also an important transport hub for the entire Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The airport is located in Colombier-Saugnieu, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Lyon’s city center. Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport opened in 1975, replacing the old Lyon–Bron Airport, which now serves general aviation.

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport is a major hub for several airlines, including Air France. Also operating from LYS are easyJet, Volotea, Air France Hop, and EasyJet Europe.

Update 15:20 UTC

It is now understood a medical emergency promoted the unscheduled diversion of today’s Marseille service.

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