France-Brazil crash: Faulty data misled pilot
LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- The father of a victim of Air France's deadliest plane crash says the pilot nosed upward instead of downward during a stall because of false data about the aircraft's position from sensors.
Robert Soulas was briefed by French air accident investigators Thursday about their final report into the 2009 crash into the Atlantic.
He says investigators said the flight director system indicated "erroneous information" that the plane was diving downward, "and therefore to compensate, the pilot had a tendency to pull on the throttle to make it rise up."
Investigators had known the pilot nosed upward during the stall instead of down, which would have been the normal maneuver for stall recovery. But they didn't know why.
Soulas' comments are the first indication of why the pilot made that decision.
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