As the official investigation into Air France 447 comes to a close, more and more details from the tragic crash are coming into the public domain (including one incredibly detailed account from the Telegraph).
Last night, however, a new aspect of the crash was revealed by ABC Nightline: possible distraction by the pilot’s lover.
Looking at the black box recording, ABC News saw that four hours into the flight, Captain Marc Dubois left the cockpit for a scheduled nap. The tapes show that when the younger co-pilots hit trouble and became confused by the readings from the plane’s equipment, they called for Dubois. He took over one minute to arrive.
One minute may not seem like a long time, but in a life or death situation it is.
What’s more, two independent sources have told ABC News that the pilot had been “travelling socially with an off-duty Air France flight attendant named Veronique Gaignard.” The speculation here should be obvious.
The French aviation authority that is investigating the crash, BEA, has told ABC News that they are not investigating “the private life of the pilot” and it is not an angle they’ve considered.
BEA have finished their investigation into the crash, RFI reports, and it will be released early July. French magistrates are due to release a report on 30 June to see whether Air France and Airbus will be tried for the alleged manslaughter of 228 people.
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