Friday, 1 June 2018

Air France 447 nine years on

AIR FRANCE A380-861 F-HPJF (CN 64)              File Photo

Nine years ago today Air France Flight 447, a scheduled passenger flight from Rio de Janeiro (GIG/SBGL) Brazil to Charles De Gaulle (CDG/LFPG) Paris, crashed killing all on board. The Airbus A330, operated by Air France, stalled and did not recover, eventually crashing into the Atlantic Ocean at 02:14 UTC, killing 228 passengers and crew on board the aircraft. The Brazilian Navy removed the first major wreckage and two bodies from the sea within five days of the accident, but the initial investigation was hampered because the aircraft's flight recorders were not recovered from the ocean floor until May 2011, nearly two years later. The BEA's 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 was the deadliest in the history of Air France, as well as the deadliest accident involving the Airbus A330. 

Aircraft Information
Airline: Air France
Aircraft Type: Airbus A330-203
Registration: F-GZCP
Serial Number: 660
Engines: 2 GE-CF6-80E1A3
First Flew: 25/02/2005

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