`Pilot was not in cockpit when Air France crashed`

Airbus A330 jet crashed in the Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing 228 people.

Updated: May 23, 2011, 14:16 PM IST

London: The pilot of the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean nearly two years ago was not in the cockpit when the plane ran into trouble.

Leading German news magazine Der Spiegel quoted an expert as saying that captain Marc Dubois, 58, could be heard on the black box recordings rushing into the cockpit when the plane encountered bad weather.

“He gave both co-pilots instructions on how to save the plane,” the expert, who was not named, told the magazine.

According to the Daily Mail, the plane wreckage was found in April, about 1,000 kilometres off the northeast coast of Brazil.

The first sealed ``black box`` recovered from 3,900ft under the ocean revealed flight data. The second of the two sealed black box voice recorders recovered from wreckage of the plane revealed conversations from within the pilot’s cabin.