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Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:51 PM

It's been ten years since Air France Flight 447 fell from the skies into the Atlantic Ocean.

Air France Flight 447

F-GZCP, the aircraft involved, seen in 2007

Date: 1 June 2009
Summary: Entered high-altitude stall; impacted ocean
Site: Atlantic Ocean near waypoint TASIL
Coordinates: 3°03′57″N 30°33′42″W

Aircraft type: Airbus A330-203
Operator: Air France
IATA flight No.: AF447
ICAO flight No.: AFR447
Call sign: AIRFRANS 447
Registration: F-GZCP
Flight origin: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
Destination: Charles de Gaulle Airport
Occupants: 228
Passengers: 216
Crew: 12
Fatalities: 228
Survivors: 0

Air France Flight 447 (AF447/AFR447) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France, which crashed on 1 June 2009. The Airbus A330, operated by Air France, stalled and did not recover, eventually crashing into the Atlantic Ocean at 02:14 UTC, killing all 228 passengers and crew on board.

The Brazilian Navy removed the first major wreckage and two bodies from the sea within five days of the accident, but the initial investigation by France's Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile (BEA) was hampered because the aircraft's flight recorders were not recovered from the ocean floor until May 2011, nearly two years later.

The BEA's final report, released at a news conference on 5 July 2012, concluded that the aircraft crashed after temporary inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements—likely due to the aircraft's pitot tubes being obstructed by ice crystals—caused the autopilot to disconnect, after which the crew reacted incorrectly and ultimately caused the aircraft to enter an aerodynamic stall, from which it did not recover. The accident is the deadliest in the history of Air France, as well as the deadliest aviation accident involving the Airbus A330.

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Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:03 PM

1. This article walks the reader through the cockpit recording, which I find fascinating:

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