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NTSB assists with Air Burkina incident in Paris

The US NTSB is assisting the French government to determine why an Air Burkina MD-83 almost ran out of fuel after several landing attempts in poor weather at the Paris Orly airport on 12 January.

According to the NTSB's preliminary report, the aircraft was being ferried with its landing gear extended when the crew "determined that it did not have enough fuel to proceed to its destination and decided to return to Orly". The NTSB has not provided information on the aircraft's route that day.

ATI's ACAS database shows that Air Burkina, based in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, has a fleet of three aircraft, including an MD-83, and flies a route between Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Paris Orly via Marseille.

"Air traffic controllers directed the flight to go around twice due to poor geographic positioning of the airplane for landing," the NTSB says. "The flight landed uneventfully on the third approach during weather conditions below minimums."

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