Plane U-turns after cellphone found
Paris - Air France sent a Paris-bound plane back to the US city of Houston on Tuesday after the discovery of a mobile phone that was seemingly mislaid by someone who had taken an earlier flight on the same aircraft.
Flight AF639 was obliged to make the U-turn 30 minutes after takeoff for security reasons, given that no owner of the device was identified, said an Air France spokesperson.
"At no time was the security of the passengers at risk," said the spokesperson, who had no further details about the phone and said US security staff were now dealing with the matter.
The U-turn and subsequent checks by US security officials meant that the flight with more than 200 passengers aboard was set to arrive some six hours later than scheduled on Wednesday at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, the spokesperson said.