Crew mishandled loss of speed readings from sensors blocked with ice from storm, investigators found
Airbus is to stand trial over 2009 Paris-Rio de Janeiro Air France crash, which killed 228 people, a judicial source from the French prosecutor’s department has said.
Air France flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed on June 1st, 2009. Everyone on board was killed. Flight AF447 plunged into the Atlantic after pilots panicked and failed to deal with malfunctioning equipment. Undersea equipment including remote controlled submarines took two years to find the full wreckage of the Airbus A330 at a depth of 13,000 feet.
French investigators found the crew mishandled loss of speed readings from sensors blocked with ice from a storm, and caused the aircraft to stall by holding its nose too high. The court, ruling on a request from French prosecutors, overturned a previous ruling that there should not be a trial. Since the disaster, pilot training on dealing with technical breakdown is said to have been stepped up by Air France.