Rio-Paris black box information to be released Friday

25th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Investigators will on Friday release information regarding the circumstances on board an Air France plane as it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009 killing 228 people.

France's BEA aviation safety group will post a statement on its website detailing information collected from two flight recorders, or black boxes, recovered from the plane's sea-bed wreckage early this month using a robot submarine.

Investigators decided to release the statement to correct "the partial and more or less contradictory information published in the media," BEA said in an email sent to journalists Wednesday.

Friday's statement will give "factual elements on the operation of the flight that will establish the circumstances of the accident but not the causes," BEA said.

On Monday The Wall Street Journal reported that pilots of the A330 were confused by a series of flight control alarms and possibly reacted in error before the crash, quoting sources familiar with ongoing investigation.

En route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009, the flight ran into heavy turbulence and icing that could have generated erroneous airspeed data and warnings, distracting the three pilots, the paper reported.

The Journal said Airbus had registered 32 instances of the same problem on similar aircraft between 2003 and 2009.

Both Airbus and Air France are being probed for manslaughter in the case.

France's junior transport minister Thierry Mariani announced last week that the causes of the crash would be known by the end of June.

© 2011 AFP

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