Air France Airbus A320 Returns to Manchester Following Smell of Smoke

Air France Airbus A320 returns to Manchester following smells of smoke.

LONDON – Earlier today, an Air France Airbus A320 returned to Manchester Airport following a smell of smoke in the cockpit.

The Incident…

Data provided by

Air France Flight 1269 was a routine flight from Manchester Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The aircraft departed at 0642 GMT this morning and initially headed southbound after departure.

A couple of minutes into the flight, the aircraft declared an emergency following reports of crew smelling smoke in the cockpit as per @FlightEmergency.

From there, the aircraft declared a general emergency, known as Squawk 7700, and proceeded to return back to the airport.

The Air France aircraft landed on Runway 23R and was then escorted to a remote stand by fire crews, who attended after arrival.

About Air France’s F-HEPC…

F-HEPC was the Airbus A320-214 that operated the route, a 12-year-old airframe at the time of writing.

According to data from, F-HEPC was delivered to Air France in April 2010. By November 2017, the aircraft was transferred over to its subsidiary JOON.

In June 2019, the aircraft was handed back to Air France mainline, where it has been operating since.

At the time of writing, F-HEPC is still in Manchester and will no doubt have to wait for technicians to come and take an inspection of the jet before it’s allowed to head back to Paris.

AviationSource will approach the airline for a comment on the incident.

This is a developing story.

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