Air France confirms that due to an engine failure on take-off, the crew of flight AF852 from Paris Orly (ORY) to Cayenne (CAY) on September 25, 2016 decided to return to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in line with the manufacturer’s and Company procedures. The aircraft landed normally at 11:45 (Paris time) and the passengers left for Cayenne early afternoon on a different aircraft.
To ensure a safe landing, fuel dumping was necessary. Fuel dumping is a procedure stipulated by the manufacturer and in the airline’s operating manual. It is applied by all airlines and is strictly regulated by air traffic control which in particular defines the area and altitude. The fuel dumped is vaporized in the form of micro-droplets that spread into the atmosphere.
Safety is Air France’s main priority and its pilots are regularly trained to deal with such events.