27 May '11, 3pm

Air France pilots flew blind before plunging into ocean

Air France pilots flew blind before plunging into ocean

Interim inquiry results, prior to the recovery of the 'black box' data recorders earlier this month, had pointed to a problem with the jet's air speed probes - known as Pitots - which are thought to have iced up, but there was no definitive conclusion. -- PHOTO: AP PARIS - THE pilots of Air France flight AF447 from Rio to Paris lost valid speed data before the Airbus A330 stalled and began a three minute plunge into the Atlantic in June 2009 with 228 people aboard, France's BEA aviation safety agency said on Friday. 'We have no valid indications,' one pilot said according to information from the recovered flight data recorders released by the BEA. One of the instruments showed 'a sharp fall' in airspeed as the aircraft was passing through a zone of turbulence and the autopilot disengaged and the engines stalled. The captain, who had left the cockpit to take a rest, returne...

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The Airbus A330 crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009, with the death of all 228 people on board. ...