Brazil gives France data from doomed Air France flight

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 09:58

Brasilia: Brazil has handed French
investigators documents from the investigation into the Air
France disaster that killed 228 people on June 1, the Justice
Ministry said.

Justice secretary Romeu Tuma welcomed a French
delegation including investigating magistrate Sylvie Zimmerman
and handed over documents on boarding, air traffic control and
the state of bodies that were recovered, a ministry spokesman
said yesterday.

Air France Flight 447 was flying from Rio de Janeiro
to Paris during stormy weather when it crashed into a remote
area of the Atlantic, about 1,000 kilometres off Brazil`s
coast.

Just before dropping off radar screens, it had emitted
a series of automatic warning signals indicating systems
failures.

The Airbus A330`s black box flight recorders have not
been found, but French investigators said in a report that the
faulty speed sensors were not the only explanation for the
accident.

Both the European air safety agency and Airbus advised
airlines after the crash -- the worst in Air France`s 75-year
history -- to replace the French pitot tubes in the speed
sensor mechanism used on the doomed jet with a more reliable
US model.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 09:58
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