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Air France pilots suspended after fighting in cockpit after take-off

The airline stated that two Air France pilots were forced to be suspended for fighting in the cockpit during flight.

It occurred on a June flight between Geneva, Paris.

According to La Tribune newspaper, the dispute started shortly after takeoff. One pilot hit the other after they grabbed their collars.

The report said that cabin crew intervened and that one of the attendants spent most of the flight in cockpit.

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Air France stated that the plane was safely landed.

According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for the company said that pilots are waiting to hear from management about their “totally inappropriate behavior”.

The incident was reported by France’s Air Investigation Agency, BEA. It stated that some Air France pilots were not following safety procedures properly during incidents.

The fuel leak occurred on a December 2020 flight from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to Paris.

Pilots rerouted aircraft, but did not reduce power to engine or land immediately. This was in accordance with the leak procedure.

The plane landed safely in Chad but the engine may have caught fire, BEA stated.

The report also mentions three other similar cases, which occurred between 2017 and 2022.

Air France stated that it was conducting a safety audit. It also promised to follow the recommendations of BEA, which includes allowing pilots to review their flights afterward.

The airline stated that it flew hundreds of flights each day and only four safety incidents were mentioned in the report.

The unions of Air France pilots insist that security is paramount, and defend pilot actions in emergency situations.

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