Exactly ten years ago, Air France flight AF447 crashed into the Atlantic

By Foto: Roberto Maltchik Repórter da TV Brasil – http://agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/galeria/2009-06-14/14-de-junho-de-2009, CC BY 3.0 br, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7025836

Exactly 10 years ago – on 1 June 2009 – an Air France Airbus A330-200 (F-GZCP) was lost about 3.5 hours after departure from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The aircraft was operating flight AF447 to Paris CDG, France. 

The Airbus stalled and did not recover, eventually crashing into the Atlantic Ocean at 02:14 (UTC), killing all 228 passengers and crew on board.

French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile’s (BEA) final report, released at a news conference on 5 July 2012, concluded that the aircraft crashed after temporary inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements – likely due to the aircraft’s pitot tubes being obstructed by ice crystals – caused the autopilot to disconnect, after which the crew reacted incorrectly and ultimately caused the aircraft to enter an aerodynamic stall, from which it did not recover. The accident is the deadliest in the history of Air France, as well as the deadliest aviation accident involving the Airbus A330. (Wikipedia: Air France flight 447)

Read back Aviation24’s forum topic on the crash of Air France flight 447.


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