Air France Boeing 787 to Nairobi U-Turns Back to Paris

Air France Boeing 787 to Nairobi U-Turns Back to Paris
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An Air France Boeing 787 operating a flight to Nairobi u-turned back to Paris following an issue onboard the aircraft.

Incident: Air France Boeing 787 to Nairobi U-Turns Back to Paris…

Air France Boeing 787 to Nairobi U-Turns Back to Paris
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Air France flight AF814 is a routine flight between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Nairobi, with the incident-involved aircraft being F-HRBF.

As per data from, F-HRBF is a 5.6 year old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was delivered to the airline back in April 2018.

Of the Dreamliner series, the French carrier has 10 of them, of which all of them are in active service and none parked, hosting an average age of 5.4 years between them.

AF814 departed Paris CDG at 1252 local time on Monday, and proceeded south in the direction of Nairobi.

Over Switzerland, crew opted to turn around and head back to the French capital following an issue onboard the aircraft.

Around an hour after it’s departure, AF814 landed safely, with the aircraft not broadcasting the emergency squawk code at any point during this incident.

As per The Aviation Herald, it was later revealed that the cause of the issue was the aircraft’s anti-ice systems failing onboard, which prompted the return to Paris, and not continue on to Nairobi.

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Upon landing back into the French capital, the airline allocated F-GSPQ, one of their Boeing 777-200 aircraft to operate as a replacement aircraft due to the fault on F-HRBF.

It departed at 2149 local time, around eight hours after F-HRBF completed it’s U-turn back to Paris.

AF814 landed into Nairobi at 0658 local time on October 17, with F-HRBF still on the ground at the time of writing.

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