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Brazil steps up supervision over Air France

07-20-2010 11:09 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian authorities said Monday they will intensify supervision over Air France, a French airline which has encountered several technical glitches over the past weeks.

Since the start of the month, a series of Air France flights have been cancelled or delayed in Brazil due to technical problems, according to a statement from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).

On Saturday, an Air France plane had electrical problems, causing 170 passengers to wait for more than a day. On July 15, another Air France flight from Sao Paulo to Paris was canceled due to problems with the plane.

On July 13, an Air France plane en route to Paris was forced to make an emergency return to Brazil after two hours' flight because the toilets were not working.

Anac said it has notified French authorities about the problems and has inspected all the Air France planes in Brazil since last week. Air France is fulfilling all safety regulations, it added.

The worst accident in the history of Brazilian aviation befell an Air France flight. On the night of May 31, 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio to Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board. The cause of the accident has not been determined yet.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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