I've written before about AF447, which crashed into the South Atlantic Ocean on June 1st, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. The flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the seabed earlier this year, and have been undergoing analysis in France. A very disturbing picture is emerging from the analysis, which is discussed in this video report by David Learmount, Operations & Safety Editor of Flight International.
If you fly, or plan to fly, on any modern commercial airliner, please take the time to view this video. It's that important.
In one of his recent blog entries about lessons to be learned from AF447, Mr. Learmount sums it up succinctly:
Including Air France flight 447, there have been seven fatal loss-of-control airline accidents since the year 2000.
Altogether, they have killed 976 people.
The common factor in all of them was pilot inability to recognise what was happening and to do something effective about it in time to save the aircraft.
There's more at the link. Bold print is my emphasis. The other six accidents to which he refers are:
- Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 on January 25th, 2010;
- Yemenia Flight 626 on June 30th, 2009;
- Adam Air Flight 574 on January 1st, 2007;
- Armavia Flight 967 on May 3rd, 2006;
- Flash Airlines Flight 604 on January 3rd, 2004; and
- Gulf Air Flight 072 on August 23rd, 2000.
I can only hope that people in the airline industry, and authorities such as the FAA, the NTSB and their foreign equivalents are listening . . .