Air France responds to pilot comments over A330 crash

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Air France has responded to claims in the French media apparently concerning union comments from the Syndicat des Pilotes d'Air France [SPAF] about the airline's fatal Airbus A330 accident in June.

An Air France statement says: "In the media, assumptions have been made on the causes of the AF 447 flight accident, expressed by the head of a minority pilots' union and a retired pilot from another airline.

"Air France has made it clear that two inquiries are currently underway in France. One of them, the 'technical' inquiry, is conducted by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau for purposes of improving air safety.

"The other 'legal' inquiry, carried out in order to identify potential legal responsibilities, is managed by the national gendarmerie led by an examining magistrate who has appointed judiciary experts."

Neither SPAF nor the Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses could immediately be reached for comment.