Just as there were no fights in the war room, there were no dents in the cockpit. Two Air France pilots received a solid reminder of this age-old adage when they were suspended following a plane swap earlier this summer.
The fight broke out in June on a flight from Geneva to Paris, when pilots exchanged rude hand gestures (as only the French can do) while actively flying an Airbus A320. Are from CNN:
“The incident was quickly resolved without affecting the conduct or safety of the flight, and continued as usual,” an airline spokesman said in a statement.
“The pilots involved are currently grounded and awaiting a decision from the regulator on the outcome/troubleshooting. Air France reminds that the safety of its customers and crew members is its absolute priority.”
Crew members had to intervene and separate the two pilots, BBC report. One pilot remained in the cockpit for the plane to land safely. The flight did not crash.
The incident only came to light after the French newspaper’s investigation into the airline Geneva Tribune. The Tribune disclosure Concerns in Air France as reported from French version of the Federal Aviation Administration, Bureau of Investigation and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (or BEA). The BEA recently issued a pilot advisory, not because of combat but because of a terrifying fuel leak that forced an Air France plane to make an emergency landing last December. Are from CNN:
The BEA report said the pilots failed to comply with fuel leak procedures that required the affected engines to be shut down to reduce the risk of fire, resulting in a “significant reduction in flight safety margin, flag to avoid fire”.
This is not an isolated case, the BEA said. “Through several recent investigations,” they found, “the crews involved, for various reasons, voluntary or not, failed to perform certain procedures in a compliant manner,” the agency said. the agency said in the same report.
Earlier this year, in a separate incident, an Air France plane arrived at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport experienced technical problems and “flight control instability” upon landing.
The accumulation of such incidents is quite disturbing. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before something tragic happens. So keep bœufs on the ground where they belong, the pilots of Air France. It seems there are more important things to worry about while in the air.