Wednesday, May 18, 2011
No Plans to Issue AF 447 Safety Recs
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus, in a May 17 Accident Information Telex (AIT) to customers, noted that it will not be issuing safety recommendations at this preliminary stage of the Bureau d'Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) analysis of data from Air France Flight 447 recorders. BEA is leading the investigation to determine what caused the June 1, 2009 crash that killed 228 people.
An AIT, which provides customers with accident information and/or potential safety recommendations, requires the approval of the investigative authority before its release.
Airbus stated it strongly disagrees with any form of speculation in the safety investigation and regrets any inappropriate communication surrounding the June 1 accident, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
“We welcome the news that the BEA have downloaded the data from the black boxes,” said Tom Enders, Airbus president and CEO. “Only this will contribute to understanding the chain of events that lead to the accident.”
BEA announced May 16, data from the flight data recorder and the complete two-hour recording from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the Airbus A330-200 were downloaded and will be further analyzed.
Airbus continues its support of the BEA investigation.