First findings on Rio-Paris crash next week: probe

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Investigators will publish next week the first findings from their probe into the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009, they said Friday.

The aviation authority BEA, investigating the crash, "will publish at the end of next week factual findings about the flight which will determine the circumstances but not at all the cause," a BEA spokeswoman told AFP.

The French government said Thursday the cause of the crash would be known by the end of June, when the flight recorders have been fully examined.

The Airbus A330 crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009, with the death of all 228 people on board.

Interim inquiry results point to a problem with the jet's air speed probes -- known as "Pitots" -- which are thought to have iced up.

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