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French Pilots Union Calls for Independent Crash Investigation

November 16, 2011

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The French pilots union called for a more independent inquiry into the Air France 447 crash in 2009, saying that modified portions of a BEA report raised questions about the investigation bureau’s impartiality, the SNPL union said today in a statement.

The crash of the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris killed all 228 people on board.

The plane crashed after ice-blocked speed sensors shut down the autopilot and the crew incorrectly reacted by pulling the jet into a steep climb until it slowed to an aerodynamic stall, the BEA said in May.

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