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Crash of flight AF447

Air France Flight 447 (abbreviated AF447) was a scheduled commercial flight from Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France. On 1 June 2009, the Airbus A330-203 airliner serving the flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew. The accident was the deadliest in the history of Air France, and has been described as the worst accident in both French and Brazilian aviation history

Subsequent investigations, which continued for three years after the disaster, were initially hampered by the lack of eyewitness evidence and radar tracks, as well as by difficulty in finding the aircraft’s black boxes, which were finally located and recovered from the ocean floor in May 2011, nearly two years after the accident.The final report, released at a news conference on 5 July 2012, stated that the aircraft crashed following a succession of events.

Temporary inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements, possibly due the aircraft’s pitot tubes being obstructed by ice crystals, caused the autopilot to disconnect, and the pilots, who had not received specific training in "manual airplane handling of approach to stall and stall recovery at high altitude," a non-standard training requirement at the time of the accident, executed inappropriate control inputs that destabilized the flight path, leading to an unrecoverable aerodynamic stall.

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