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The tribulations of Flight AF 116 began on Sunday afternoon (local time), when the captain decided on an emergency landing after detecting a pungent smell and a light smoke on board a few hours before arriving at his destination. . Technical failure and safety precaution. Do not panic ! Air France plans a new takeoff on Monday morning aboard a Boeing 777-300 ER dispatched urgently from Paris .But, in the morning, unpleasant surprise, the flight is postponed until the evening to allow the crews to rest, according to the rules of the airline.
They finally board in the middle of the night, under police escort, believing themselves out of the woods.
problem of "hydraulic pressure" is detected. Is it due to frost? the question remains unanswered. After a long white night on the tarmac, the captain must admit defeat and evacuate the aircraft, triggering the anger of a passenger, who takes to the crew. The pilot blames the Russian authorities for refusing the arrival of a rescue plane from neighboring China. Only possible option: a third Boeing must be sent from Paris to the rescue on the small Russian airfield.
On Tuesday, the passengers received by e-mail a new flight plan announcing a take-off Wednesday morning at 7:50 am on flight AF 4192 and an arrival in Shanghai at midday, with a third crew.
Here, the Russian authorities forbid us to take an internal flight. No solution was found between AF and the authorities to leave with a partner flight.
"We are going back to the hotel, our passports are confiscated at customs, same process as 48 hours ago",