Air France Flight to Nice Declares Emergency Due to Smoke in Cockpit

An Air France Airbus A318 climbs after takeoff.
Eric Salard, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

An Air France regional flight from Paris to Nice declared an emergency as it approached its destination yesterday, Tuesday 2 April.

Air France flight AF7301, an Airbus A318-100 from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport reportedly experienced the smell of smoke on the flight deck as it approached Nice.

Air France AF7301 Paris-Nice

The aircraft was in the latter stages of its approach into the destination airport when the incident occurred. Flight crew squawked transponder code 7700 whilst passing through 3000 feet on the approach.

Following the declaration, the aircraft continued its descent and approach, and landed at Nice without further incident.

The cause of the smoke odour has not been disclosed at the time of writing.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that AF7301 made a delayed departure out of Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport yesterday afternoon.

The flight shows an actual departure time of 1734 local time, against the scheduled departure time of 1600 local.

The aircraft then set because normally and established on track for the south of France. Flight crew initiated a climb to flight level FL370 (37,000 feet).

Emergency Declaration on Approach

The aircraft initiated a let down from cruising altitude at 16:15 UTC. The descent continued normally through 10,000 feet.

In the latter stages of the descent, flight crew activated transponder code 7700. This occurred as the aircraft passed through 3000 feet at 16:40 UTC.

The aircraft conducting the regional service to Nice was an Airbus A318-111 registered F-GUGO. This is a 17.4 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the French national carrier Air France.

The aircraft has been in regional service with the carrier since its delivery in November 2006.

An Air France Airbus A318 climbs after takeoff.
Eric Salard, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This incident follows a couple of recent emergency declarations on the Paris-Nice regional route. These involved Airbus A320 aircraft operating the route sector.


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