Final Air France Crash Report Says Pilots Failed To React Swiftly

“A series of errors by pilots and a failure to react effectively to technical problems led to the crash of Air France Flight 447, France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis said Thursday in its final report on the disaster.”

The final word on the crash of AFR447 puts the blame squarely on the pilots, who flew a perfectly good airplane into the ocean. Given the darkness of night and buffeting from surrounding storms the passengers likely didn’t know what was coming.

There’s been speculation that Boeing jets, which have direct feedback from one pilot’s control yolk on the other’s, would have allowed the non-flying pilot to become aware that the aircraft wing was stalled by the flying pilot’s control inputs.