Timeline of final moments of Air France flight

AP News
Posted: Jul 29, 2011 11:59 AM
Timeline of final moments of Air France flight

French investigators released a report Friday detailing the final minutes before Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic in 2009, based on cockpit recordings. Here is a chronology of those moments before the crash, which killed all 228 aboard:

22:29 local time: Flight takes off from Rio de Janeiro's Galeao airport.

2 hours, 10 minutes and 5 seconds after departure: Autopilot and autothrust disengage when the stall warning sounds twice. The co-pilot at the controls noses the plane up.

2:10.16: Co-pilot (not flying) says speed readings have been lost as the plane began its climb, reaching a climbing speed of 7,000 feet per minute. The plane's speed readings were invalid for 29 seconds.

2:10.50: Co-pilot (not flying) tries several times to call the captain back from his rest as the stall warnings go off again _ this time for 54 seconds straight. At it's highest point, the plane's altitude reaches 38,000 feet.

2:11.42: The captain returns to the cockpit. In the following seconds, all recorded speeds become invalid and the stall warning stops. Altitude has dropped to 35,000 feet.

2:12.02: Both co-pilots say they have no more "valid indications" to fly by.

2:14.08: The recording ends, 4 minutes, 23 seconds after the first stall warning. The last recordings show the plane was falling at nearly 11,000 feet per minute.

The plane's wreckage was found 12,800 feet under the sea in April 2011, nearly two years later.