The French BEA last week confirmed the earlier findings of prosecutors that the incorrect cleaning of critical angle of attack sensors and pilot error were to blame for the loss of an A320 operated by XL Airways on a return-from-lease acceptance flight off the coast of France in November 2008 (ATW Daily News July 1, 2010). The A320 had been leased to XL for more than two years by Air New Zealand and was on an acceptance flight on Nov. 27, 2008, in advance of its planned Dec. 1 return, ...

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