Tuesday 1 December 2009
Following an internal investigation, Air France can confirm that flight AF445 left Rio on 29 November at 21:20 (local time) and landed in Paris on 30 November at 12:04 (local time). Approximately four hours after take off, in strict accordance with procedures, the flight deck crew:
- carried out a normal descent to avoid severe turbulence and reached a flight level with less turbulence, thus ensuring a more comfortable flight for passengers,
- being unable to obtain immediate authorisation from air traffic control, sent out an emergency radio message to indicate that the aircraft had left its flight level.
After half an hour of moderate to severe turbulence, the flight continued normally.
The flight was operated with an Airbus A330-200 (F-GZCK) carrying 203 passengers, 3 pilots and 9 flight attendants on board.