PARIS – Overwhelmed with relief, Air France passengers arrived in Paris safely a day after a fake bomb forced them into an emergency landing and evacuation in Kenya.
Passenger Marine Gorlier of the French town of Melun cried as she met family members Monday at Charles de Gaulle Airport. "We thought we were going to die," she said.
Antoine Dupont of Lille said, "I really admired the crew, because they thought it was a real bomb and they remained very serene," he said. "One of my grandchildren said: 'The slide was super!'"
All 459 passengers and 14 crew members traveling from Mauritius to Paris were safely evacuated.
It was the fourth recent bomb hoax against Air France.
France has been in a state of emergency since Islamic extremist attacks Nov. 13.