Published on : Monday, October 21, 2019
The flight, AF136, was scheduled to fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Oct. 20. The diversion was a precautionary measure, Ulrike Gendrot-Haubold, an Air France spokesperson, said in a statement.
The flight landed at Shannon Airport in Ireland, where the phone was handed over to the authorities. The airport’s fire and police service were available as a precaution, according to airport spokesperson Nandi O’Sullivan.
The flight later proceeded to Chicago and landed there at 8:26 p.m.
“Air France states that all customers and crew members are subject to a security screening inspection before being allowed to board a flight and that flight safety is its main priority,” Gendrot-Haubold added in the statement.
A diversion to land at an alternate airport is often erroneously described as an emergency landing; there is no emergency, but there is a change in plans. Flight diversions aren’t uncommon:
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