Air France Catastrophe: Victims' Families Propose Grounding All A330s

Air France Catastrophe: Victims' Families Propose Grounding All A330s

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2011

Airbus believes pilot error caused the crash of Air France flight AF 447 two years ago. But the families of some victims think it might have been a technical defect. They have filed a petition with a Paris court which could result in a temporary grounding of all A330s. By Gerald Traufetter more...

Doomed Flight AF 447: Questions Raised about Airbus Automated Control System

Doomed Flight AF 447: Questions Raised about Airbus Automated Control System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2011

It took just three-and-a-half minutes for Air France flight AF 447 to plunge 11,000 meters into the Atlantic two years ago. An initial analysis of the plane's data recorder hints at errors made by the pilots. But questions have also been raised about the A330's automated control systems. By Gerald Traufetter more...


Air France Flight AF 447 Investigation: Recording Indicates Pilot Wasn't In Cockpit During Critical Phase

Air France Flight AF 447 Investigation: Recording Indicates Pilot Wasn't In Cockpit During Critical Phase

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2011

What happened on board the Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio to Paris? According to information obtained by SPIEGEL from the analysis of flight recorder data, pilot Marc Dubois appears not to have been in the cockpit at the time the deadly accident started to unfold. more...

Air France Flight 447: Families Concerned About Efforts to Recover Bodies

Air France Flight 447: Families Concerned About Efforts to Recover Bodies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2011

Victims' families are closer to the truth this week: Voice and data recorders from flight AF447 have been pulled from the ocean floor, and investigators hope to unlock their contents. But experts and family members remain at odds over whether newly discovered bodies should be brought to the surface. By Annette Langer and Simone Utler more... Comment ]


The Curse of Flight AF447: Victims' Families Distraught at Air France's Thoughtlessness

The Curse of Flight AF447: Victims' Families Distraught at Air France's Thoughtlessness

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2010

Air France recently provided tickets to the relatives of passengers killed in a plane crash over the Atlantic one year ago -- but booked them on the same aircraft and schedule of that doomed flight. The victims' families are up in arms. more...

Death in the Atlantic: The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

Death in the Atlantic: The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2010

The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Damaging Industry Report: Air France Airbus Jets Have Above-Average Crash Rate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2009

Secret aviation industry calculations have raised uncomfortable questions for Air France: Airbus aircraft belonging to the French carrier have an above-average rate of crashes. An internal report obtained by SPIEGEL criticizes the company's safety culture. more...

Clouds over Paris Air Show: Putting a Brave Face on the Aviation Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2009

The prospects for the aviation industry are bleak, but executives are trying to put a positive spin on the situation. At the Paris Air Show, champagne and fighter jets are intended to distract attention from the lack of orders. By Stefan Simons in Le Bourget, France more...


Air France Aftermath: Safety Experts Call for Airborne 'Black Box' Data Stream

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2009

In the wake of the Air France crash over the Atlantic Ocean last week, air safety experts say it may be time to augment the black box. Data could easily be sent remotely, and shed more immediate light on the causes of a wreck. By Gerald Traufetter more...

Air France Crash: Search Teams Find Debris in the Atlantic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2009

Brazilian military aircraft have spotted debris in the Atlantic Ocean that may belong to the Air France flight which disappeared on Monday en route to Paris. Why the plane crashed remains a mystery. more...