Air safety experts are calling for better pilot training after initial reports suggest that the Air France crash in 2009 may have been the result of pilots’ exacerbating problems after on-board warning systems were activated. Flight 447 was en route to Paris from Brazil when it went down into the Atlantic. All those on board lost their lives.
A report by French air accident body, the BEA, suggests that warning systems went off in the cockpit after the Airbus A330′s air speed indicators started producing inaccurate readings because of icing.
The pilot then appears to have tried to correct matters by pulling the aircraft’s nose up and going into a steep climb.
However, this had a negative effect on the plane’s lift and the aircraft stalled. This happens when air travelling over the surface of the wings is no longer stable enough to create lift. Usually the correct procedure in such a situation is to push the nose down and speed the plane up to re-establish stable airflow. In the case of Flight 447 it appears the pilot kept the nose up as the plane went into rapid descent.
It is not unusual for pilots to try and pull up out of a stall. This is why safety experts are calling for better training so that crew are prepared for the confusion that occurs when emergency systems start going off in the cockpit. Safety expert John Cox said many in the industry have been asking for better loss of control training for decades now.