DeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
In the first crash of a new 'Fly-By-Wire' aircraft, the Airbus A320-100 impacted trees while performing a fly-by at an airshow and burst into flames. The crew, and Air France maintenance officials, have all been sentenced to probation for manslaughter; the Captain has been imprisoned. Evidence, including photographs, has now been exposed that an Airbus official at the scene switched the Digital Flight Data Recorder before the court hearing. The FAA and U.S. Government are now getting invloved with the investigation and possible problems. It is a crime to tamper with any evidence at a crash site, espically the FDR or CRV.
Congress is looking into the situation and the possibilty of charges being flied against Airbus and Air France employees, fining of both Air France and Airbus, and possible sanctions against Airbus and France.
For More: http://www.airdisaster.com/investigations/af296/af296.html
Or For the Offical Report Reguarding the Boxes:
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
It may be that the US can take action against any airline flying there if they've been involved in something that hinders international co-operation in flight safety issues.
As a devout fence-sitter in the regular debates, I'll be outraged if the rumours turn out to be fact. I've heard the rumours before.
There was a programme on TV the other day in the UK which also pointed out that there were 40 foot high trees at the end of the runway which the pilot would not have seen, and thus may have forgotten about, while demonstrating the high angle of attack in the slow go-around.
Whatever the actual cause of the crash, switching data recorders just isn't on and it's the kind of thing you just don't expect in a civilised country.
Pilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1642 times:
All I can say is finally...
No government entity holds on to a DFDR or a CVR for 8 days, requiring a court order to get them back, then ultimately requiring that country's highest police officer to get them back. That is unless that government has some interest in the crash.
Magyar From Hungary, joined Feb 2000, 599 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1629 times:
The FAA and Congress is not involved in the investigation, or
at least the websites mentioned by DeltaAir do not indicate
that. As far as I understood the Captain of AF296 is trying
to overturn his sentence (he was blamed for everything) and
a swiss forensic institute showed that the DFDR and CVR
has been manipulated. Also they show a photo of someone
carrying DFDR/CVR-like objects at the crash site.
If this is true (and I can readily believe it is) than it was a
coordinated cover up by French Gov./Airbus/Air France/
Snectma(I think they were the engine manufacturers).