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Almost two years after the Air France Flight 447(Airbus A330-200 jet)¬, a well-maintained modern airplane, crashed, the key components from the flight recorders and cockpit voice recorder were finally found. The plane was originally en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro into the ocean, and unfortunately all passengers were killed.
According to The Wall Street Journal “The pilots of an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago apparently became distracted with faulty airspeed indicators and failed to properly deal with other vital systems, including adjusting engine thrust, according to people familiar with preliminary findings from the plane's recorders."
In another article Spiegel, citing the experts who have participated in the analysis of the Black Boxes data reports, stated that at the time the first alarm sounded, the pilot was not in the cockpit.
Following these revelations, and despite the fact that a formal investigative report is not yet published by Bureau of Investigations and Analyses, or B.E.A. , "Pilot Error " is vigorously condemned by the Syndicat de Pilotes d'Air France (SPAF).
According to the NYT, “…pilots seemingly were confused by alarms they received from various automated flight-control systems as the plane passed through some turbulence typical on the route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. They also faced unexpectedly heavy icing at 35,000 feet. Such icing is renowned for making airspeed-indicators and other external sensors unreliable."
All these notions hint at many human factors issues related to design, safety training, and hardware failure. A few questions that require a proper answer include:
Related Press Reports
"Rio-Paris : les syndicats de pilote dénoncent les "fausses allégations, "LEMONDE.FR May 24, 2011.
“Air France Flight 447,” nytimes.com , May 16, 2011
Reports of Pilot Error in Air France Crash Are Condemned," nytimes.com, May 24, 2011.
“Absturz von Air-France-Flug 447,” Spiegel, May 22, 2011.
"The Health and Safety Report," The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), May 2011" http://www.ccohs.ca/ccohs/liaison/current.html
“Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin,” March 2011, Volume 54, Number 5.
“DoD Ergonomics Working Group NEWS,” Issue 117, May 2011.
NIOSH eNews, Volume 9 Number 1 May 2011.
“Less Active at Work, Americans Have Packed on Pounds,” The New Yolk Times, May 25, 2011.
“Mind-reading scan identifies simple thoughts,” newscientist.com, May 26, 2011.
"Easily distracted people may have too much brain,"newscientist.com, May 06, 2011.
"Human brain's 'bat sight' found Bat in flight Bats use sound to hunt, “ BBC, May 26, 2011.
“WHO mobile phone-cancer link 'very weak',” ABC News, June 1, 2011.
“Mobile phone radiation won't cause cancer says Australian researcher,” dailytelegraph.com, June 1, 2011.
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