Air France AF447 crash into the Atlantic: Airbus A330 aircraft parts found

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Post by sn26567 » 05 Jul 2012, 15:14

The report into Air France 2009 crash blames both pilot error and altitude sensors.

On first glance, the report says that the Rio-Paris crash was caused by a combination of pilot errors and speed sensors defects, and also cites weak follow-up to earlier pitot problems.

The Air France crew never understood that AF447 was in stall, says a crash investigator. Sources say that erroneous Flight Director (FD) indications induced the crew to apply wrong stick inputs, worsening the stall. Only highly-trained and skilled crew could have recovered AF447 once it reached extreme attitudes after stall.

The BEA report criticizes the lack of training for manual flying at high altitude and contains 25 recommendations on training and cockpit ergonomics.

Sources: BBC and Reuters

AF447 Final Report (English version) http://bit.ly/PdTFgE
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Air France’s reaction to the publication of the BEA’s final report on the AF447 accident

Today, Air France received the French Accident Investigation Bureau’s (BEA) final report on the accident to flight AF 447 Rio-Paris on 1 June 2009.

Air France would like once again to pay tribute to the memory of the passengers and crew members who lost their lives in this accident, and wishes to express its full solidarity with the victims’ families.

The Company wishes to thank the BEA experts for their extensive work allowing to clarify the causes and contributing factors to this tragedy that has profoundly affected Air France and the entire air transport community.

In its analysis and conclusions, the BEA underlines a sequence and combination of several factors – technical and human – that led to the loss of the aircraft in just over four minutes. It confirms that the crew was properly trained and qualified in accordance with regulations and that the aircraft systems were functioning in accordance with design and met the applicable certification criteria.

The BEA report describes a crew who acted in line with the information provided by the cockpit instruments and systems, and the aircraft behaviour as it was perceptible in the cockpit: instrument indications, triggering and stoppage of the alarms, aerodynamic noise, aircraft vibrations, etc. The reading of the various data did not enable them to apply the appropriate action.

In this deteriorated aircraft cockpit environment, the crew, with the skills of one flight captain and two first officers, were committed to carrying out their task of piloting the aircraft to the very end.

Air France wishes to pay tribute to their courage and determination in these extreme conditions.

The recommendations of the report set out a series of lines of improvement in several areas intended for all industry players:
•organization of back-up and improvement of communication systems,
•instrumentation, alarm systems and operational logic and aircraft protection laws,
•crew training and information programmes and resources to be provided by the manufacturers, authorities and airlines, particularly in specific situations with an element of surprise, the stall recovery procedures having been modified since the accident,
•analysis and sharing of feedback within the aeronautical industry.

These recommendations are intended for all aeronautical and air transport players with a view to improving flight safety.

Air France is currently involved in an ongoing process of improving flight safety procedures. This process has allowed the airline to anticipate the implementation of the majority of the report’s recommendations to be conducted on the operators’ initiative, such as changes to the crews’ training programmes, and to launch several innovative initiatives.

Independently of the elements contained in the BEA’s final report and the legal inquiry underway, flight safety remains for Air France an absolute priority.

Air France, Thursday 5 July 2012
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Post by sn26567 » 15 Mar 2013, 18:28

Pilot fatigue might have contributed to the accident. The captain was recorded saying that he slept only one hour the night before entering the cockpit.

https://www.eurocockpit.be/stories/2013 ... -spotlight
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Post by sn26567 » 16 May 2014, 15:03

AF 447 - Air France files for annulment of the second legal expert’s report requested by Airbus

Air France has taken note of the second legal expert’s report requested by Airbus, concerning the AF 447 accident.

Air France considers that this second expert’s report was carried out in a unilateral way and without the possibility of discussion, in violation of the very principle of a fair trial, as the Company was not invited to participate in the expert’s work.

Therefore, the elements of this report are a partial and truncated presentation of the causes of the accident, which undermines Air France’s fundamental rights of defence. The report omits several elements, in particular those concerning the operation of the aircraft which were included in the BEA’s final report and the first legal expert’s report. Moreover, some of the elements omitted have since been the object of corrective action on the part of the industry.

Therefore, Air France will file for annulment of the second legal expert’s report in the coming days with the Investigation Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal.

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Accident of Rio-Paris flight Referral to Criminal Court: Air France reaction

Air France has just learnt of its possible referral to the Criminal Court in the criminal case relative to the accident of the Rio / Paris flight, whereas the Company has no knowledge of the specific charges likely to be retained against it in court.

Air France would like to state that before any referral to a court, the law gives parties a period of three months from the notification by the investigating magistrates of the notice of termination of information to file new observations and where appropriate make a request for a dismissal.

Air France would also like to state that the criminal case cannot be considered on its merits by a court before the Investigating Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Paris has reached a decision on Air France’s request to nullify the expert's report requested by Airbus.

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Re: Air France AF447 crash into the Atlantic: Airbus A330 aircraft parts found

Post by sn26567 » 18 Jul 2019, 16:51

Air France may face trial over a fatal A330 crash in 2009 involving flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris which killed all 228 people on board, a judicial source said.
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