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Air France Paris-Rio crash in 2009 due to human error: experts

Published on May 14, 2014 1:16 AM

PARIS (AFP) - An "inappropriate response" from stressed pilots was responsible for the 2009 crash into the Atlantic of an Air France plane flying from Rio to Paris that killed all 228 people on board, a new experts' report said.

The report, seen by AFP on Tuesday, was ordered by investigators. It said there was "an inappropriate response from the crew" after the plane's speed sensors malfunctioned.

The five experts said the "predominance of human factors in causing the accident and acting as contributory factors had been clearly established."

The crash "could have been avoided if the crew had taken appropriate action," they said.

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