The final report by the French air safety investigator, BEA, into the crash of Air France flight AF447 on 1 June, 2009, into the mid Atlantic on a flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris, with the loss of all 228 people on board, will be released tomorrow night eastern Australian time.
Although the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were eventually retrieved and read from the wreckage field on an 'abyssal plain' on the ocean floor, together with more wreckage and many bodies, and much has been revealed in the course of two earlier interim reports by the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses
the final report is expected to answer some controversial questions, yet provoke more arguments.
Why did two relatively junior Air France pilots fly what at impact was a mechanically fully functional jet into the ocean?
How and why did the pilot at the controls (the pilot flying) put the A330-200 into a steep climb followed by a high altitude stall, which then persisted until it slammed belly first and nose elevated into the ocean with all its control surfaces and engines operational?