Air France Paris-Rio crash due to 'human error'

June 2009 crash which killed all 228 people on board 'could have been avoided if the crew had taken appropriate action' says expert report.

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An "inappropriate response" from stressed pilots was responsible for the 2009 crash of an Air France plane flying from Rio to Paris in the Atlantic that killed all 228 people on board, a new experts' report said, reports The Economic Times.

The report, seen by AFP on Tuesday, was ordered by investigators. It said there was "an inappropriate response from the crew" after the plane's speed sensors malfunctioned.

The five experts said the "predominance of human factors in causing the accident and acting as contributory factors had been clearly established."