Air France jet makes emergency landing in Caracas

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 12:59 AM
Air France jet makes emergency landing in Caracas

An Air France jet has made an emergency landing in Venezuela and a government official says no one was hurt.

The flight carrying 207 passengers took off from Caracas' international airport Wednesday night bound for Paris.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said there was a problem with the Airbus A330's landing gear. The plane returned and landed at Simon Bolivar International Airport nearly three hours after it took off.

El Aissami said on Twitter afterward: "All the passengers fine. Thanks to God!"

The Venezuelan rescue organization Rescate Humboldt said in a statement that the problem was detected 29 minutes after takeoff and that the jet circled the airport to burn fuel as a precaution before making the emergency landing.