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Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM #268896
11/12/2021 05:29 PM
11/12/2021 05:29 PM
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Teresasxm Offline OP
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We were enjoying the planes on Maho and watched Air France take off over the beach instead of towards the mountains. It took off then made a sharp right turn and instead of accelerating and climbing into the sky it flew along the coastline and was very low. We joked that it was doing a tour of the French side beaches before returning to France because it was so low. About 30 minutes later it surprised us by landing again in the dark. At least we think it is the same plane because I don’t see any other Air France A330’s scheduled from CDG. If it had a mechanical glad it’s on the ground but I’m only guessing as to why the plane appears to be back. Very curious.

Last edited by Teresasxm; 11/12/2021 06:00 PM.
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Re: Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM [Re: Teresasxm] #268898
11/12/2021 05:37 PM
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Looking at flightaware.com it looks like it was two flights. AFR499 was the departure and AFR498B was the arrival.

Re: Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM [Re: Teresasxm] #268899
11/12/2021 05:38 PM
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We were watching the strange take off, but didn't
hear it return!!
Going outside to check --- it's here!!

Never saw two???


Last edited by The_Lurker; 11/12/2021 05:40 PM.
Re: Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM [Re: The_Lurker] #268908
11/12/2021 09:46 PM
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yesterday's jet had issues I believe so he left today then today's came in. Pretty sure that's it. Not same plane.

Re: Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM [Re: Teresasxm] #268910
11/12/2021 11:13 PM
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Air France takes off over the ocean almost daily in March. All depends on the winds.

Re: Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM [Re: EdB] #268912
11/13/2021 05:57 AM
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It's still here this morning.

Re: Air France Takes Off Then Returns to SXM [Re: Teresasxm] #268917
11/13/2021 07:00 AM
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Different planes




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