Flight Makes Emergency Landing after Toilets Break

Posted Jul 15th 2010 10:14 AMUpdated Jul 15th 2010 10:29 AM

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An Air France plane was forced to make an emergency return to Brazil when several of the aircraft's toilets stopped working.

The plane had been headed to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, AFP reports. The Boeing 747 had 438 passengers onboard.

Air France confirmed the pilot made a decision about 2 ½ hours into the 11-hour flight to return to Rio after at least six of the plane's toilets stopped functioning. The plane landed back in Rio about six hours after take-off.

According to AFP, Air France said flying without working toilets would have caused "great discomfort for our passengers."

Back in Rio, passengers were put up in hotels or driven home to await another flight, but several complained to local media about the absurdity of the situation.

This incident follows an emergency landing of a Paris-bound Air France flight in northeastern Brazil last weekend following a bomb threat, that turned out to be fake.


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Kate

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July 15 2010 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeannette

Somebody in Rio is sabotaging AIR FRANCE flights.

July 15 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GLOGOODMAN

YOU SOUND LIKE THE BIGGEST TOTAL IDIOT IN THE U.S., THIRD ONLY TO RUSH AND GLEN. OH, SORRY, YOU ARE FOURTH. I FORGOT ANN. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO MAKE NUMBNUTS LIKE YOU TO WAKE UP. AS FOR THE AIRPLANE TOILETS, OF COURSE THE PILOTS DID THE RIGHT THING. IF YOU'D BEEN ON THE TOILETS WOULD BE FULL OF IT.

July 15 2010 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andy

FIGURES -- LIKE THE FRENCH WOULD EVEN CARE WHAT THE CABIN WOULD SMELL LIKE -- THEY ALL HAVE THAT FILTHY ODOR FROM NOT BATHING ABOUT THEM 24/7 ANYWAYS AND ALSL THE STENCH OF SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM -- AND ABOVE ALL WHY WOULD ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND EVER FLY A FRENCH AIRLINE ANYWAYS -- YUK

July 15 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LT

One of those unflushed turds may have been Obummer.

July 15 2010 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jj

I read the comments just so that I can see how some people think. Unfortunately their thinking can be dangerous to a person that is very influential when their comments are read. President Obama felt that he could do a better job in the White House because the previous President did not do such a wonderful job. People voted for him because they believed that he would do better. The situation we are in will not take only a few months or years to get out of, but it will take a considerable amount of time to right itself. If people will vote with their hearts and not with their eyes then we may get someone in the Oval Office that will be for the people, but what is needed is for all of the dishonested political people and influences to be removed from the House and get people in that are truly for the people in order for it to be ran correctly. So you all can have you comments about the President (whomever it may be), but just think before you write and let it be something that someone can truly comment on and not just your opinions because the individual may be of a different race.

July 15 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
htcorner23

So it looks like yet another French retreat.

July 15 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARNI

NOW COME ON PEOPLE, EVERYTIME SOMETHING GO'S WRONG ON ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH SAVING OUR LIVES OR SHIT IN THE STOOL, PROFESSIONALS TRY TO PROTECT US!! BUT THE MINUTE SOMETHING GO'S REALLY BANANAS AND PEOPLE TAKE IT LIGHTLY THEN YOU ALL SAY WHY DIDN'T THEY ( WHOM EVER) TAKE CARE OF THIS OR US SO THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE TO CRASH OR DIE. SO LISTEN UP PEOPLE ENJOY YOUR FLIGHT AND IF YOUR PILOT TELLS YOU THAT HE IS GOING TO TURN THE PLANE AROUND SHUT THE FUC.......UP AND LISTEN IT MAY BE MORE THAN JUST THE SHIT IN TH STALL. REALLY!!

July 15 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gotten over it

Leave it to folks to somehow bring in POLITICS into an article that has nothing to do with demo's, repub's, the left, or the right. But isn't it amusing that 99.9999999% of us use a toilet to either poop or pee. Gads, could it be we actually all DO have something in common??

July 15 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
paul

LORNA- You can't spell yet you called someone else ignorant. Typical...

July 15 2010 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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