Air France Flight to Malaga Declares Emergency

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An Air France flight operating from Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to Malaga (AGP) has declared an emergency overhead Madrid in Spain.

Flight AF1748 / AFR12YT was en route from Paris in France to Malaga in Spain before it very rapidly diverted to Madrid in Spain, descending from its cruising altitude of 37,000 feet.

Data Credit: RadarBox

The Air France aircraft made a rapid descent from its cruising altitude of 37,000 feet and appears to be heading for a divert into Madrid’s Barajas Airport (MAD).

According to RadarBox data, the aircraft hit a descent rate of nearly 5,200 feet per minute, which means whatever has happened on-board the aircraft, meant a diversion as quickly as possible was needed.

Data Credit: RadarBox

The aircraft has safely landed in Madrid Barajas (MAD) at 11:08 p.m. local after a flight time of one hour and 39 minutes.

Data Credit: RadarBox

The aircraft in question is registered as F-GKXL and is 17 years old at the time of writing after being delivered to Air France back in 2006. This is one of a total of 37 Airbus A320s that Air France currently has in its narrowbody fleet.

Air France flight AF1748 departed Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) at 9:28 p.m. local time bound for Malaga (AGP) with an approximate ETA of 11:35 p.m. before its diversion into Madrid.

Data Credit: RadarBox

The aircraft has parked on a remote stand in Madrid.

Data Credit: RadarBox

The current cause of the emergency and diversion into Madrid is unknown, however, if we do find out we will post an update.

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