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France-Brazil crash: Faulty data misled pilot

FILE  - In this Sunday June 14 2009 file phoshows workers unloading debris belonging crashed Air France flight AF447

FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2009 file photo shows workers unloading debris, belonging to crashed Air France flight AF447, from the Brazilian Navy's Constitution Frigate in the port of Recife, northeast of Brazil. The French air accident investigation agency BEA is releasing its final report Thursday, July, 5, 2012 into the crash of the Airbus A330 jet en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed 228 victims. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

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Updated: July 5, 2012 8:54AM

LE BOURGET, France — French air accident investigators say that pilot errors and faulty speed and other readings led to the crash of an Air France jet over the Atlantic in 2009.

The BEA air accident investigation agency released its final report Thursday on the crash, which killed all 228 people aboard and was the airline’s deadliest accident.

Chief investigator Alain Bouillard said the two pilots at the controls never understood that the plane was in a stall and “were in a situation of near total loss of control.”

The report lists a combination of “human and technical factors” behind the crash.

The BEA says it has made many safety recommendations including better training for pilots based on the Flight 447 probe.

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