2015-05-02 Air France Boeing 777-200 „Pull-up“ warning near Mount Cameroon

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2015-05-02 Air France Boeing 777-200 „Pull-up“ warning near Mount Cameroon

Narrative

French BEA reported, the aircraft was flying from Malabo to Douala (distance: 62 NM) flying en-route at 9000 ft (FL 90) when the pilots elected to deviate further north in order to avoid thunderstorm activity along their planned route.

Whilst flying in darkness and IMC conditions (in clouds) the automated enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) was activated indicating rising terrain ahead.

„Pull up“-warnings were heared on the flightdeck, forcing the pilots to climb immediately to 13000 ft. Then the alarm stopped.

The pilots continued to Douala airport for a safe landing at 20:35L (44 min after take-off). No one on board was hurt.

BEA is investigating this serious incident.

In a media statement, Air France said that on May 2nd 2015 flight AF 953 carried out a maneuvre “ in line with the company’s and manufacturer’s procedure manual in response to an alarm generated by the aircraft.“ The airline continues: „Pending the results of the internal investigation, several precautionary measures have been implemented by the company:
– Additional information transmitted to the crew on the specifics of the land around Douala
– The crew of this flight receives pedagogical, managerial and medical support.“

Full Press Statement of Air France

OCCURENCE DATASET

Date: 2015-05-02 Time: 21:14
Location: Mount Cameroon area
Country: Cameroon
Google Maps: (GOOGLE EARTH)
Flight phase: ENR3 – Descent IFR Descent from cruise to Initial Approach Fix (IAF) or VFR pattern entry.
Damage to a/c: none

Flight
Flight no.: AF 953
From: FGSL/SSG: Malabo To: FKKD/DLA: Douala
Type: Non Revenue
Operator: Air France

Aircraft
Type: Boeing 777-200
Registration: F-GSPG
Age a/c: 16,2 years
Constr. No.: 27609

Map (provided by Skyvector)

Estimated Flight Path of Air France Boeing 777 F-GSPG on May 2nd 2015

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JACDEC Safety Analysis

(powered by JACDEC Database Services)

10 year accident & incident history of Air France (only revenue passenger flights)

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List of recent serious incidents occured on Air France flights

DATE Country Location Type Reg. Remarks
2015-05-02
Cameroon
west of Douala
Boeing 777-200
F-GSPG
EGPWS activation en-route
2013-08-02
France
Bordeaux
Airbus A320
F-HBNI
near stall after windshield crack on approach
2013-03-11
France
Marseille
Airbus A320
F-HBNE
near stall on visual approach
2012-10-16
Bulgaria
Sofia
Airbus A319
F-GRHU
initiated take-off from taxiway „H“ instead of runway 09
2012-09-07
Czech Republic
Prague airspace
Airbus A319
seperation conflict with Boeing 737 during descent
2012-05-27
Spain
Barcelona
Airbus A320
F-GJVG
runway incursion when tower cleared acft to cross active runway
2012-04-09
France
Bastia airspace
Airbus A321
F-GTAX
TCAS collision alert during descent

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Aircraft Involved

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 37
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0
Safety Report - Air France

Investigating authority

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JACDEC 20-year Statistics :

  • 37th serious incident  for the operator
  • 2 of them occured on B777s
  • 5th safety occurence in the area (Douala)
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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Abbreviations

AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions