The pilots of a Polish airliner that crashed last year in Russia killing President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others were under “psychological pressure” to land in heavy fog, Russian investigators said today.
Investigators who recovered the Airbus flight recorders two years after the Air France crash that killed all 228 people on board are seeking to beat the odds again and reconstruct the final moments of flight 447.
Air France Flight 447’s flight recordings show the aircraft slowed to a stall after its airspeed sensors failed while the two co-pilots were at the controls, two people with knowledge of the investigation said.
Polish officials will try to improve the quality of cockpit recordings of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski over the next two weeks before deciding whether to release them, Interior Minister Jerzy Miller said.
Air France Flight 447’s crew reacted badly to an autopilot shutdown and misread instruments showing the plane’s rapid descent before it plunged into the Atlantic, killing all 228 people aboard, a report shows.
The pilot who safely crash landed a Boeing Co. 767 on its belly at Warsaw’s main airport rejected being labeled a hero as Poland’s national carrier said flights from the capital may resume later today.
Thousands of Poles gathered in Warsaw to honor President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others killed in an April 10 plane crash. World leaders trying to fly in for his funeral tomorrow in Krakow, where Polish kings were buried, are being hampered by a cloud of volcanic ash over Europe.