The French BEA's final report on the 2009 crash of Air France (AF) Flight 447, released Thursday, reiterated the two main themes of its investigation over the past three years: the Airbus A330-200’s malfunctioning pitot probes provided inconsistent speed measurements and the pilots did not understand the rapidly deteriorating situation, failing to properly identify a stall situation or react promptly to it (ATW Daily News, Aug. 1, 2011). The pilots “had lost their ...

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