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  • The accident's cause remains unknown, though automated maintenance messages sent by onboard computers shortly before the crash revealed problems with the Air France jet's external air-speed sensors, followed by a cascade of other malfunctioning systems and loss of control by the pilots.

    Black Box Components From Air France Wreckage Appear Undamaged

  • And in a finding that may have particular relevance to the upcoming update, accident investigators in 2009 also concluded that when airspeed-sensor malfunctions kick off automated thrust controls, "the absence of appropriate manual adjustments" to engines "can present a risk" of a mismatch between power settings and the jet's orientation in the air.

    Black Boxes Point to Pilot Error

  • According to the Times, Andrei Chang, the Hong Kong editor in chief of the Canadian journal Kanwa Defense Weekly, who reported the jet's tests, said Wednesday.

    Ed Koch: China's Rising Military Power and What We Should Do About It

  • The jet's flight recorder caught one of the crew saying "He'll get mad," in an apparent reference to Kaczynski's determination to stick to his schedule, the BBC reports.

    Russian report blames Poles for plane crash that killed Poland's president

  • The jet's skin tore along a line of rivets that ran from the front to the rear of the jet, leaving a jagged edge flapping loose above the upper fuselage.

    Southwest grounds 2 more jets over cracks

  • The company also contributed to the development of the jet's tailhook system.

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  • Both of the jet's crash-proof recorders were retrieved and operated flawlessly despite spending nearly two years at such depths, the BEA said.

    Air France jet's final minutes a free-fall

  • The comment, from the jet's cockpit voice recorder, was apparently translated from French to English by the BEA.The information released by the BEA is the first comprehensive account of the accident and was made possible by the discovery of the jet's wreckage earlier this year at 12,800 feet beneath the ocean.

    Air France jet's final minutes a free-fall

  • It then fell like a leaf, its wings rocking back and forth, plummeting at speeds of more than 100 mph, according to the jet's flight data recorder.

    Air France jet's final minutes a free-fall

  • Based on earlier information released by the BEA, investigators believe that the jet's speed sensors became iced over and inaccurate.

    Air France jet's final minutes a free-fall


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