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Topic - William Voss
A combination of faulty sensors and mistakes by inadequately trained pilots caused an Air France jet to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 people aboard in the airline's deadliest ever crash, French investigators said Thursday.
Around the world last week, the news went out: Plane accident in Zimbabwe, black smoke on runway, ambulances screaming in. Except the disaster never happened.
"This is a problem not just limited to Air France or Airbus," Mr. Voss said. "It's a problem we're seeing around the world because pilots are being conditioned to treat automated processed data as truth, and not compare it with the raw information that lies underneath."
Central to the accident is the fact that when the automation failed, the pilots were presented with conflicting information that was obviously incorrect, said William Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation in Alexandria, Va.