July 18, 2012 update

July 5, 2011 update

Book Tells Hidden Story of Rio-Paris Air France Crash
December 1, 2011 book published


From the Independent

"According to Roger Rapoport, an American aviation expert and author of The Rio/Paris Crash: Air France 447, the altitude could have been so loud that the pilots may not have even been aware of the stall alarm. The French investigations agency responsible for the report, BEA, makes 25 recommendations to ensure that a disaster of this type never happens again.

At the heart of the measures is a profound rethink about the extent to which modern airline pilots depend on their computers, leaving them literally helpless in a crisis like this.

"Modern pilots are not trained for crises like this," Mr Rapoport said.

"They are not trained to fly at high altitude. An experienced military pilot might have known what to do in a situation like this, but not these pilots."

What people are saying

"Painful, surprising and full of lessons the aviation community was not ready to hear, Roger Rapoport, an honored American author, tells the story of the disaster of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris on June 1, 2009. Here is the fascinating story of the long and difficult search for the wreck, an operation of unprecedented scale since the disappearance of the famous pilot Amelia Earhart ... in 1937. Rapoport has taken risks ... as he recounts the drama that took place in the cockpit of Air France 447.... He has seen many people and built a solid case. He is also careful not to draw conclusions based on weak or inaccurate information. This is probably his greatest achievement.

The Chronicle Sparaco.


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Could Lessons From Earlier Emergency Prevented Air France 447 Crash

CHICAGO: 07.18.12 -

An update to the definitive book on the tragic crash of a 2009 Air France crash reveals that failure of the carrier and Airbus to notify the airline's warn pilots about a similar event nine months earlier is the subject of a manslaughter investigation by a French judge.

In an online update published today Roger Rapoport, author of The Rio-Paris Crash: Air France 447 reveals that another Air France jet bound for Madagascar was confronted by a similar crisis in August 2008. The pilot's correct response to the emergency saved the plane but details were never shared with Air France flight crews. This news, which is making headlines in papers around the world was revealed in the updated book just two weeks after the French Government's accident investigation bureau released its lengthy report based on more than three months of investigation. Aviation experts who have seen the incident report on this Madagascar flight call it the 'dress rehearsal' for Air France 447.

"The fact that the flight, Air France 373 from Paris to Tananarive, Madagascar in August 2008 was not part of the BEA report has caught the eye of judicial investigators working on behalf of Judge Sylvie Zimmerman who is conducting the manslaughter investigation into Air France and Airbus's role in the accident that took the lives of 228. This could well become the smoking gun in the case."

Full details are available at For more information please contact publisher James Sparling at or Roger Rapoport at or 231 720-0930.

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About the Author

Roger Rapoport is the author of such books as Citizen Moore and Hillsdale. He writes for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles, Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Atlantic, Harper's and Esquire. As a widely published travel writer he has covered the aviation industry for many years.

The English ebook edition published as Rio-Paris Crash is available from Lexographic Press. A French print edition Crash-Rio Paris is published by Altipresse, a leading aviation publisher based in Paris.