According to a previously undisclosed report obtained by the French news magazine Le Point, the 58-year-old Dubois can be heard on a black box recording saying, “I didn’t sleep enough last night. One hour–it’s not enough.”
Dubois began complaining about being tired shortly after take off. His co-pilots, 32-year-old Pierre-Cedric Bonin and 37-year-old David Robert, weren’t doing much better. According to the report, they were also feeling groggy after spending the night in Rio with their wives and girlfriends.
Out with wives and girlfriends in RIO–late–I wonder if any of the crew had been drinking?
The largest Air France pilots’ union withdrew from the official investigation saying it had turned into a “one-sided” prosecution of the crew of the Airbus A330 which plunged into the south Atlantic on 1 June 2009.
Last Friday’s interim BEA report pointed to the failure of the pilots to respond to repeated audio and visual warnings that their plane was about to “stall” – or lose sufficient “lift” to keep it in the air. The jet dived for three and a half minutes towards the ocean with “stall” warnings sounding, but the pilots made no mention of this fact in their tape-recorded conversations.
FAA announces pilot fatigue rule
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday a sweeping final pilot fatigue rule governing how much time off commercial passenger pilots must have between work shifts, ensuring they have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.
The new rule sets a 10-hour minimum rest period prior to a flight duty period, a two-hour increase over the old rules. The new rule also mandates that a pilot must have an opportunity for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep within the 10-hour rest period.
As former aircraft flight crew, the final blame resides with the crew.
“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.” — Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930’s.
via Captain of Air France plane that crashed into Atlantic Ocean killing everyone on board was running on one hour of sleep – NY Daily News.