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Final report into 2009 Air France plane crash expected

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The final technical report into why an Air France flight crashed into the Atlantic in 2009, killing 228 people, is due to be released shortly.

The report by France’s aviation authority, the BEA, is expected to say the crew did not react correctly after the plane had technical failures. The Airbus A330 disappeared from radars during a storm on 1 June 2009, en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro. It took nearly two years for the flight recorders to be found.

Thursday’s findings are expected to be in line with a preliminary report released last year by the BEA.

That report said the pilots did not follow the proper procedures after the aircraft’s speed sensors – called Pitot tubes – failed during a storm two hours after take-off.

The plane stalled and lost altitude, the report said, and the captain did not retake control of the plane after taking a rest.

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