Paris (AFP) – A French judicial probe has found a series of “tragic” errors that caused an Air Algerie crash in the Malian desert last year with 116 people on board, Le Figaro reported Thursday.
According to the two judges who are investigating Air Algerie Crash, met the families of the victims on Tuesday , the main cause of the accident is ” not activated the anti-icing system of the engine sensors” the French daily writes on its website . The Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA ) had announced in April that the crew had probably turned off this system , leading to the dysfunction of certain sensors .The pilot would have amplified the dropout of the device.
It further says that, “in order to to try to recover the aircraft attitude”, the pilot would have shot the stick back, instead of pushing it forward, which amplified the drop of the unit.
The French newspaper further lists other facts and malfunctions that do not alone explain the crash, but contribute by their accumulation. For example, the flight simulator which was training the crew was “not exactly that of the plane.” On the other hand, if the pilot and co-pilot had considerable experience – while “seasonal”, exerting another trade six months of the year – they had to their credit one flight in Africa, where weather conditions are unique. About the weather, precisely, the newspaper added that the crew had left with updated weather record more than two hours prior to takeoff.
The flight AH5017 Ouagadougou-Algiers had crashed there nearly a year before, on 24 July 2014 in northern Mali, half an hour after takeoff. The McDonnell 83, chartered by Air Algeria to the Spanish company Swiftair leasing, carrying 112 passengers, including 54 French and six crew members were Spanish.