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2009 Air France crash black box reveals first secrets

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2009 Air France crash black box reveals first secrets


Analysis of black boxes from the Air France crash two years ago shows the plane fell erratically for over three and a half minutes before hitting the Atlantic Ocean.

The aircraft’s stall alarm being heard on recordings is one of the details in the initial report released by French crash investigation authority, BEA. Though the stalling and conflicting engine speeds appear important, there is no definitive cause yet.

Head of the Victims Association, Jean-Baptiste Audousset said waiting for a more detailed investigation is important:

“The fact the black boxes are here and can be probed further is a source of satisfaction. It’s great news. We’ve been told the unfolding of events. Now it’s necessary to take the time for analysis, to not come to conclusions based only on the facts we know already.”

All 228 people onboard died when the plane crashed four hours into a flight from Rio to Paris. A fuller report into the accident is expected later this year.

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