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  • Post AF447, Air France Creates Safety Committee
    Posted by Robert Wall 8:51 AM on Sep 10, 2010

    In the wake of the crash of Air France AF447 last year, Air France's safety culture came in for heavy criticism.

    The topic became toxic within the company, after management hinted pilots needed to respect rules more and, in response, pilots accused management of not taking safety seriously.

    To defuse tension, management decided to call in an Independent Safety Review Team to study the issue. That team has now reported out and, in response, the airline's board of directors is establishing a Flight Safety Committee, Air France says.

    The airline says the seven-person committee is in charge of examining flight safety issues; guaranteeing the existence, deployment and management of internal systems and processes put into place to ensure flight safety; providubg follow-up to ensure the suitability of the internal processes that come together to ensure the safety of operations,
    and in the case of major events affecting flight safety, to ensure that appropriate action is taken to prevent accidents.

    It will be interesting to see what changes in processes the committee calls for in the coming months.

    As to the cause of the crash of the Airbus A330-200 during its flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris overnight from May 31, 2009 to June 1, the French air accident investigation office, the BEA, is still working on the final report.

    Tags: tw99, AF447, Air France, safety

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