Flight AF 447 crash “could have been avoided”
Time after the tragic accident which killed 228 people in the Atlantic Ocean in Rio-Paris flight from Air France, Gérard Arnoux, commander of A320 and Henri-Marnet Cornus, captain on the A340, reported after an investigation that will be carried in court the next week that the accident “was due to ‘negligence’ the accident in which 228 people died probably could have been avoided.”
In an interview with Journal du Dimanche newspaper, which obtained the report of the investigation conducted by two experienced pilots with 47 official documents, one of them, Gerard Arnoux, who heads the Union of Air France pilots (SPAF), believes ” no fault of the pitot probes, there has been no accident. ”
According to him, “The Office of Research and Analysis (BEA) seeks to minimize the role played by the Pitot because it has conducted research and laws and regulations are imposed since the alarm pulled by his German counterpart in 1999, and in any case, since the events of 2008, noting that “the last shall in all respects is identical to that recorded by the malfunction AF 447″.
The two authors working today say: “The Aviation Safety and memory of their fallen colleagues ” that “all actors have underestimated the problem of the probes” and that “it is a collective failure and a failure of overall feedback process.
Arnoux states that “all actors have underestimated the problem of sensors”, quoting Air France, Airbus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Safety Agency of European aviation.
“This is a collective failure and total failure of the feedback process. DGAC EASA had a legal obligation to treat these incidents according to established procedures.
SPAF President stated that “the argument that without the black boxes we do not know what happened and that we should forget our dead in the ocean is not valid anymore”
He added that “this version is released by the major players (Air France, Airbus and government authority)” because “if pilots are to blame, the criminal action is extinguished.
The BEA said: “In July the search for the black boxes of the AF 447, was suspended on Aug. 20th, but will resume in the fall,” although no dates were given.