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May272011

Air France Crash: Investigators Release New Details

Air France(PARIS) -- French air accident investigators have analyzed the black boxes of the Air France jet that mysteriously crashed after taking off from Rio de Janeiro in 2009.

The French Accident Investigation Bureau says the Airbus A330 stalled while cruising. Flying through powerful thunderstorms, it appears the plane's speed indicators malfunctioned, leading to confusion in the cockpit.

"The crew, made up of three skilled pilots, demonstrated a totally professional attitude and were committed to carrying out their task to the very end," Air France said in response to the report.

"All the data collected must now be analyzed," the airline said. "It will only be at the end of this complex task...that the BEA will be able to establish the causes that led to the disaster."

Investigators say the plane took just three and a half minutes to fall 38,000 feet, killing all 228 people onboard.

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