Air France flight AF218 being operated by JOON was forced to put down in Isfahan, Iran on Wednesday due to a failure of the plane’s ventilation system.
The flight, which had departed Paris bound for Mumbai, landed at 5pm local time after the pilot’s declared an emergency.
“The decision to divert is in line with the manufacturer’s procedures and in accordance with the precautionary principle,” Air France said in a statement reported by Aviation24.
“Air France teams are fully mobilized to take care of customers at Isfahan International Airport,” the statement added. “Air France understands and regrets the inconveniences caused by this situation and reminds that the safety of its customers and crews is its absolute imperative.”
The decision to make an emergency landing in Iran suggests the seriousness of the situation, as landing a European-owned aircraft in the country can lead to major complications, as Norwegian Airlines found out last year.
A Norwegian Boeing 737 MAX 8 encountered an engine problem during a flight on December 14thand was forced to land in Iran. But because of the US sanctions on the country, it took 70 days before the plane was able to take off again.
Luckily for Air France, it’s A340-300 was able to leave Iran and flew to Al Maktoum International.