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by Euro Reporter
2009-10-05 10:53:34
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Report blames Rio-Paris crash on faulty speed probes

An Air France pilots' union will present a report to investigators this week blaming defective air speed probes for the crash of Air France Flight 447 over the Atlantic, a newspaper reported. The pilots' report contradicts the findings of the French agency leading the investigation, the BEA, which has said that the speed monitors were a factor, but not the leading cause of the crash that left 228 people dead on June 1. The union points the guilty finger to the plane's manufacturer Airbus, Air France, civil aviation authorities and the European Aviation Safety Agency among others for under-estimating the problems with the sensors.
The report argues that all of them knew of problems with the pitot tubes over the past 14 years and that, had they moved to correct them, the crash "would have probably been avoided", the Journal du Dimanche reported. Air France Flight 447 was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris during stormy weather when it crashed into a remote area of the Atlantic, about 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) off Brazil's coast.
Just before dropping off radar screens it had emitted a series of automatic warning signals indicating systems failures. The Airbus A330's black box flight recorders have not been found, but French investigators said in a report that the faulty speed sensors were not the only explanation for the accident. "Such an event cannot be reduced to a single cause," said Gerard Arnoux, president of the Spaf pilots' union. "But there is an unchallengeable truth that we must insist on: without the breakdown of the pitot tubes, the accident wouldn't have happened," Arnoux told the newspaper.

Unfortunately reports don’t say anything to the families that lost love ones.


Suicide count rises to 24 at France Telecom

An employee at France Telecom jumped off a bridge on Monday morning, bringing the number of suicides at the French group since February 2008 to 24, the company’s management confirmed.

A letter from the employee, who died in the Haute Savoie region, on the French border with Switzerland, laid the blame directly at the door of France Telecom. This latest death comes just over a fortnight after a suicide on September 11, after which the company, which employs around 100,000 people in France, bowed to governmental pressure, and agreed to adopt more humane methods of management.

The action plan included delaying any relocation plans until October 31 and an internal inquiry into the suicides which have shocked France.

Let’s hope that it will stop there!


Sarkozy calls offer to swap prisoners for Reiss 'blackmail'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday rejected an Iranian offer to release a French national detained in Tehran in exchange for the release of Iranian prisoners held in France, calling the offer “blackmail”. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran would not release Clotilde Reiss, a 24-year-old teaching assistant, unless France reciprocated.
Sarkozy’s response was unequivocal. “There will be no exchange,” Sarkozy told French television. “This is blackmail.” Although Ahmadinejad did not mention any names with respect to Iranian prisoners in France, officials believe he was referring to Ali Vakili Rad, imprisoned in France for the 1991 Paris murder of Shapour Bakhtiar, who served as Iran’s prime minister under the deposed Shah, and Majid Kakavand, detained at the behest of the United States for allegedly purchasing sensitive technology on the Internet. An extradition request for Kakavand is under review at the French courts. France rejects any comparison between Reiss and the Iranian prisoners held in French jails.
“Do you think I would be ready to swap Shapour Bakhtiar’s assassin for a young student whose only crime was to speak the Iranian language and love Persian civilisation?” Sarkozy asked. French foreign ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said “there is no comparison between the situation of Clotilde Reiss and these people”. “Some Iranians have been in prison in France for years,” Ahmadinejad told France 2 television on Tuesday, when asked about Reiss. “These are prisoners who also have a family, they also have a father and a mother …Unfortunately, and we have seen no action by the French government in favour of these prisoners.” Speaking through a translator, Ahmadinejad told the channel: “If we wanted to blackmail anyone, there would be simpler ways than that.”


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