'F--k, we're dead' — Air France pilot before 2009 crash that killed 228 people

'F--k, we're dead' — Air France pilot before 2009 crash that killed 228 people
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New details have emerged about the final moments before Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 — including an audio recording of one of the pilots crying, "F--k, we're dead!" once he realized the plane was heading for a watery demise.

The details were first reported in Vanity Fair, which also revealed that two senior pilots were asleep when the plane began to experience troubles, leaving only a junior pilot at the helm. The crash killed all 228 people on board.

The Vanity Fair report suggested that a more experienced pilot could have handled the turbulence that ultimately led to the crash.

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