The Air New Zealand A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during a Nov. 27 test flight conducted by XL Airways pilots was in the midst of a low-speed test conducted on approach to Perpignan when the cockpit crew lost control, according to a preliminary report issued yesterday by French investigators that raised questions about the test's timing and recommended that EASA develop regulations for "acceptance" flights. The aircraft had been leased to XL Airways Germany since May 2006 and ...

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