Crash of Air Algeria flight: the judicial investigation points to a series of mistakes

Le vol AH5017 Ouagadougou-Alger s'était écrasé le 24 juillet 2014 dans le nord du Mali une demi-heure après son décollage.

The flight AH5017 Ouagadougou-Algiers crashed July 24, 2014 in northern Mali half an hour after takeoff.
Credits: Sebastien RIEUSSEC / AFP

According to the two investigating judges who Tuesday met the families of the victims, the main cause of accident “non-activation of engine anti-icing system probes, while the outside temperature and the crossing wetland requéraient its implementation” , the newspaper’s website.

The Bureau surveys and analyzes (BEA) had announced in April that the crew had probably turned this system, leading to the dysfunction of certain sensors.

The pilot would have amplified the dropout of the device

then continues BBC “to try to recover the aircraft attitude” The pilot would have pulled the handle back, instead of pushing it forward, which amplified the drop of the apparatus.

The flight AH5017 Ouagadougou-Algiers had crashed there near one year, July 24, 2014, in northern Mali, half an hour after takeoff. The McDonnell 83, chartered by Air Algeria to the Spanish company Swiftair leasing, carrying 112 passengers, including 54 French and six crew members were Spanish.

BBC lists other facts and malfunctions that do not alone explain the crash, but contribute by their accumulation. For example, the flight simulator which led the crew was “not exactly that of the aircraft” . On the other hand, if the pilot and co-pilot had considerable experience – while being “seasonal” , exerting another trade six months of the year – they had to their credit that one flight in Africa, where the weather is special.

About the weather, precisely, the newspaper added that the crew had left with updated weather plug more than two and a half hours takeoff.

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