Air France Flight 447 crashed in to the Atlantic Ocean due to technical and human error, according to the final report by French aviation authority, BEA.
The BEA says the doomed flight, which killed all 216 passengers and 12 crew aboard on June 1st, 2009, fell victim to technical faults on the Airbus A330 aircraft as well as ‘inappropriate action by the pilots‘.
‘The BEA said that the disaster began with the malfunctioning of speed sensors known as Pitots during a period of turbulence.
One of the mistakes of the crew was to point the nose of the aircraft upwards after it stalled, instead of down.
“The crew was in a state of almost total loss of control of the situation,” BEA chief investigator Alain Bouillard told journalists on Thursday at the release of the final report.’
Because of the malfunction of the planes’ pitots, pilots of Air France 447 thought the plane was in a dive, when in reality, the A330 was actually climbing.
When the pilots pulled the nose of the aircraft up even further, the plane essentially lost all lift and ability to fly.
As a result, the plane descended at a rate of roughly 11,000 feet per minute until it crashed in to the ocean.