Air France pilots could have saved Rio-Paris plane-BEA

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 9:42 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - The pilots at the helm of Air France flight AF447, which crashed into the Atlantic in 2009, could still have saved the situation after the jet lost its speed data, the head of France's BEA authority said on Friday.

"The situation was salvageable," Jean-Paul Troadec, director of the BEA air accident investigator, told reporters following the release of an updated report on the crash.

The Airbus 330 jet crashed in the Atlantic on June 1, 2009 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all 228 people on board.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Writing by Alexandria Sage)