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Air France launches probe after near miss with Mount Cameroon

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Mount Cameroon is the highest mountain in central Africa

French investigators have opened a probe after an Air France jet with some three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa in early May.

The Boeing 777 jet was making a short trip from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to Cameroon's largest city of Douala, where it was due to pick up more passengers en route to Paris, when it ran into bad weather on May 2.

That triggered an emergency warning from an automated ground-proximity warning system urging the crew to "pull up," the BEA said in a regular update of new investigations.

The crew climbed to about 13,000 feet and continued to Douala, where it landed after a flight that lasted 44 minutes.

Pending the result's of the airline's own internal investigation, they are receiving "pedagogical, managerial and medical support," a spokesman said by email.

The airline said it had also more information to all crews about the landscape around the coastal city of Douala.

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