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  • Air France Flight 447 Crash 'Didn't Have to Happen,' Expert Says

    07/06/2012 9:19:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Matt Hosford, Lauren Effron and Nikki Batiste
    The Air France Flight 447 crash, considered one of the worst aviation disasters in history, could have been avoided, a top-ranking aviation safety expert said. "Absolutely, this accident didn't have to happen," said William Voss, the president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation. BEA, the French government's official accident investigators, conducted a three-year investigation into the crash, which killed all 228 people on board, including one married couple from Louisiana, when the Airbus A330 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil in 2009. In the agency's final report, which was released today, investigators determined that a...
  • Cockpit Chaos on Doomed 2009 Air France Flight

    08/02/2011 6:18:07 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 24 replies
    Design News ^ | August 1, 2011 | Elaine Ganley
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — A confused cockpit crew without proper training to head off high-altitude disaster flew toward it, instead, with wrong-headed maneuvers, no task-sharing and perhaps unaware their flight was about to end in the Atlantic Ocean. Screeching stall alarms and incoherent speed readings from faulty sensors, bad weather in a darkened sky and growing stress make up the chaotic cockpit scenario in the final moments of the Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. All 228 people aboard the plane were killed. Friday's third report by France's accident investigation agency, or...
  • How Pilots Wrestled In Vain to Save Air France Jet

    07/31/2011 9:31:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 122 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tim Hepher
    "What do you think? What do you think? What should we do?" The 37-year-old Air France co-pilot with over 6,000 flying hours was running out of ideas as a stall alarm bellowed through the Airbus cockpit for the sixth time in exactly two minutes. His junior colleague with two years on the job was already in despair as he battled to control the jet's speed and prevent it rocking left to right in pitch darkness over the Atlantic, on only his second Rio de Janeiro-Paris trip as an A330 pilot. "I don't have control of the plane. I don't have...
  • Who’s to Blame for Flight 447?

    07/30/2011 5:24:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2011 | Clive Irving
    The pilots did it. Put bluntly, that seems to be what the latest report by French air crash investigators on the loss of Air France flight 447 two years ago is saying. More precisely, the pilots had not been trained to deal with the sudden emergency they faced and lost control. What the investigating body, France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), are not saying, at least not overtly, is that the crash should never have happened–and, but for a technical failure, would not have. Air crash investigation reports always deliver a torrent of technical jargon that has been through...
  • 'Baby' Pilot at Controls of Doomed Air France Airbus

    05/29/2011 12:42:16 PM PDT · by lbryce · 72 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 29, 2011 | Chris Ayres
    HE was one of Air France's "company babies": a dashing 32-year-old junior pilot - and a keen amateur yachtsman - who had been qualified to fly the airline's ultra-sophisticated Airbus A330 jet for barely a year. Yet despite his inexperience, Pierre-Cedric Bonin found himself responsible for the lives of 228 passengers and crew members on June 1, 2009, when the cockpit of his $190 million aircraft lit up with terrifying and contradictory alarm signals en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. While Bonin held on to the plane's “side-stick” controller and looked at his instruments in disbelief, his co-pilot,...
  • Air France jet crashed nose-up after 4 minute ordeal

    05/27/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies
    PARIS (Reuters) – Pilots wrestled with the controls of an Air France airliner for more than four minutes before it plunged into the Atlantic with its nose up, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said Friday. The 2009 emergency began with a stall warning two and a half hours into the Rio-Paris flight and nine minutes after the captain had left the cockpit for a routine rest period. The Airbus A330 jet climbed to 38,000 feet and then began a dramatic three and a half minute descent, rolling from left to right, with the youngest of three pilots...
  • Debris Is Found From ’09 Crash of Air France Jet

    04/03/2011 9:47:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies
    PARIS (AP) — Underwater search teams have found pieces of an Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic in 2009, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said Sunday. (snip) The French air accident investigation agency B.E.A. said in a statement on Sunday night that a team aboard the expedition ship Alucia had found pieces of the plane in the previous 24 hours. The agency did not identify what parts of the plane were found, or where.
  • Wreckage from Air France jet found in Atlantic

    04/03/2011 2:06:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Wreckage from Air France jet found in Atlantic Wreckage from an Air France jet lost over the Atlantic nearly two years ago with 288 people on board has been found, French investigators say. With the cause of the crash still unknown, a fourth attempt to locate the plane's voice and data recorders got under way last month. Searchers located wreckage during the past 24 hours, investigators in Paris said, without giving details. Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris came down in a storm on 1 June 2009. A French judge recently filed preliminary manslaughter charges against Air France...
  • France to hunt again for vanished Rio-Paris flight (Air France Flt. 447)

    11/25/2010 9:50:44 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 5 replies
    Flightaware ^ | 11/25/2010 | AP News
    PARIS (AP) — The French government said Thursday it will conduct a fourth search for the flight recorders of an Air France jetliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris 18 months ago. All 228 people aboard Flight 447 died, and families of some victims have demanded that France not give up the hunt for the flight recorders — and answers about what caused the plane to plunge into the ocean during a large thunderstorm on June 1, 2009. Transport Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Junior Transport Minister Thierry Mariani said a fourth search...
  • Breakthrough in Air France crash black box search

    05/06/2010 2:17:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/06/2010 | Reuters
    France has found what could be the first concrete clues to the location of black boxes missing from last year's Atlantic jet disaster, but warned on Thursday there was no guarantee the breakthrough would lead to their recovery.The defense ministry said the boost had come through detailed follow-up analysis of sonar readings taken in the first few weeks after an Air France jet crashed into the Atlantic killing 228 people on June 1 last year. Finding the black boxes is seen as essential to help crash experts and relatives understand exactly what caused flight 447 to plunge into a remote...
  • The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

    03/03/2010 7:58:07 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 105 replies · 3,968+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | February 25, 2010 | Gerald Traufetter
    The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation.
  • French begin new search for Air France black boxes

    07/31/2009 6:30:06 PM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 555+ views
    ap ^ | 7/30/09 | ap
    A French oceanographic survey ship has begun scanning the Atlantic Ocean floor, a new phase in the hunt for Air France Flight 447's black boxes now that they are no longer emitting signals, investigators said Thursday.
  • Ships ending search for Air France black boxes

    07/11/2009 11:52:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 875+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-07-11
    <p>RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An American colonel says two ships searching for the black boxes of Air France Flight 447 are ending their hunt.</p> <p>A French nuclear submarine is continuing to look.</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Col. Willie Berges is the Brazil-based commander of American military forces supporting the effort. He says one ship towing a U.S. Navy listening device stopped searching Friday.</p>
  • French: Air France plane hit the sea belly first

    07/02/2009 5:38:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies · 2,661+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday July 2, 2009, 4:18 pm EDT | Greg Keller and Emma Vandore,
    Air France Flight 447 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean, intact and belly first, at such a high speed that the 228 people aboard probably had no time to even inflate their life jackets, French investigators said Thursday in their first report into the June 1 accident. ... Problematic speed sensors on the Airbus A330-200 jet that have been the focus of intense speculation since the crash may have misled the plane's pilots but were not a direct cause, Bouillard said... ;... The plane was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it went down in a remote area of...
  • Northwest Jet Suffers Similar Malfunctions to Air France Flight

    06/27/2009 5:07:40 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 94 replies · 3,566+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 June 2009 | ANDY PASZTOR and DANIEL MICHAELS
    A Northwest Airlines jet traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo last Tuesday suffered a series of equipment and computer malfunctions strikingly similar to those encountered by Air France Flight 447 just before it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on May 31. The Northwest plane and its passengers, however, emerged unscathed. Details of the harrowing incident – described in a memo by one of the Northwest pilots and confirmed Friday by others familiar with the matter – highlight how cockpit crews can safely cope with something that is almost never supposed to happen: a system breakdown that prevented the crew from...
  • Air France fantasy

    06/23/2009 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies · 587+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 22, 2009 | Editorial
    These days, it seems only George W. Bush and global warming can cause tragedies. Guess which one is being blamed for the June 1 crash of Air France Flight 447? Russian climatologist Aleksey Kokorin, head of Russia's World Wildlife Fund Climate Program, postulates the Airbus A330-203 broke up over the Intertropical Convergence Zone because of decades of emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks. But like the global-warming applesauce, his theory is based firmly in the future. "A consequence of global warming is that the frequency and severity of such (severe weather conditions) will be higher," he told an interviewer. "Unfortunately, the...
  • Report: Air France Black Box Signal Located

    06/22/2009 11:48:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,667+ views
    Le Monde via Fox ^ | 2009-06-23
    SAO PAULO — A weak signal from the flight data recorders of the Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic killing all 228 people on board have been located, French newspaper Le Monde reported on its web site Tuesday. According to the report, French naval vessels picked up a weak signal from the flight recorders on Monday and that a mini submarine has been dispatched to try and find the "black boxes" on the bottom of the rugged ocean floor. An Air France spokeswoman told Reuters she could not confirm the report. The Transport Ministry and the air accident...
  • 11 bodies from Air France disaster identified: officials [ten Brazilians, one foreign national]

    06/22/2009 12:37:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 414+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-06-21
    SAO PAULO (AFP) — Eleven of the 50 bodies recovered from an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic three weeks ago have been identified by fingerprints and dental records, Brazilian officials said Sunday. The bodies were identified as "10 Brazilians and one foreigner," officials in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco said in a statement. Five of the Brazilians were male, the other five were female and the foreigner was male, it added. The officials, part of a task force that also includes Brazilian police and forensic specialists conducting autopsies in the city of Recife, did not give...
  • Found: Galley Kitchen From Doomed Air France Flight Discovered Floating Intact In Middle Of Atlantic

    06/18/2009 12:58:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 63 replies · 3,107+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 18, 2009
    Found: Galley kitchen from doomed Air France flight discovered floating intact in middle of Atlantic By Mail Foreign Service 18th June 2009 [Pics in URL] Floating in the middle of the Atlantic, this galley kitchen is the latest piece of Air France Flight 447 to be recovered by salvage crews. The wreckage is extraordinarily intact despite being part of an plane that experts believe broke apart in midair. Even some of the drawers, containing a selection of ready-meals for passengers, remained wedged securely inside the unit
  • More French jet debris found

    06/18/2009 9:42:23 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | June 18, 2009 | LYNSEY HAYWOOD
    THE GALLEY kitchen from doomed Air France Flight 447 was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean today. Navy divers hauled large chunks of the wreckage to the surface - and found metal draws containing ready-meals for passengers still securely wedged inside. Many of the dead suffered multiple fractures of the legs, hips and arms leading experts to believe the tragic jet broke up in mid air. Brazil's navy have now recovered 50 bodies from the 228 who perished on board the flight bound for Paris. The bodies have been found in choppy waters more than 50 miles apart. Retrieve ... diver...
  • Air France Crash Autopsies Suggest Flight Broke Up in Air

    06/18/2009 1:49:38 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies · 1,205+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2009 | Assoicated Press
    Autopsies have revealed fractures in the legs, hips and arms of Air France disaster victims, injuries that — coupled with the large pieces of wreckage pulled from the Atlantic — strongly suggest the plane broke up in the air, experts said Wednesday. With more than 400 bits of debris recovered from the ocean's surface, the top French investigator expressed optimism about discovering what brought down Flight 447, but he also called the conditions — far from land in very deep waters — "one of the worst situations ever known in an accident investigation." French investigators are beginning to form "an...
  • Air France victims' injuries suggest plane broke up in the air: Fractures in the legs, hips and arms

    06/17/2009 11:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,476+ views
    Autopsies have revealed fractures in the legs, hips and arms of Air France crash victims, injuries that, along with the large pieces of wreckage pulled from the Atlantic, strongly suggest the plane broke up in the air, experts said Wednesday. With more than 400 bits of debris recovered from the ocean's surface, the top French investigator expressed hope that investigators would learn what brought down Flight 447, but he also called the conditions "one of the worst situations ever known in an accident investigation." French investigators are beginning to form "an image that is progressively less fuzzy," Paul-Louis Arslanian, who...
  • BEA Press release, Press conference 17 June 2009 [Flight AF 447 on 01 june 2009]

    06/17/2009 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Clive · 868+ views
    Flight AF 447 on 01 june 2009 A330-200, registered F-GZCP During the third Press Conference that was held on 17 June on the progress of the investigation into the accident to flight AF 447, the BEA presented the sea search operations that are under way. It contains a map of the locations of the airplane debris, including the fin, that were recovered from the surface of the sea. This debris field corresponds to a relatively small area with a drift towards the north. A targeted undersea search area has been established based on the position of the parts recovered –...
  • Autopsies suggest Air France jet broke up in sky

    06/17/2009 1:11:32 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 39 replies · 2,843+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 17, 2009 | STAN LEHMAN and EMMA VANDORE, AP writers
    Autopsies revealed fractures in the legs, hips and arms of Air France disaster victims, a Brazilian official said Wednesday. Experts said those injuries — and the large pieces of wreckage pulled from the Atlantic — strongly suggest the plane broke up in the air.
  • Missed AF flight, died in car crash (air crash bodies found naked)

    06/12/2009 8:17:56 PM PDT · by Talisker · 60 replies · 3,592+ views
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Missed-AF-flight-died-in-car-crash/articleshow/4651375.cms | 13 Jun 2009, 0652 hrs | IST, AGENCIES
    Most of the 16 bodies which have been examined in preliminary stages of the probe were found naked or with minimal clothing, suggesting the wind may have removed the garments.
  • Air France Plane Broke Up Over 'Number Of Minutes' [Horrific End!]

    06/11/2009 6:18:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 71 replies · 4,456+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | June 11, 2009
    Air France plane broke up over 'number of minutes' New evidence suggests the Air France jet which crashed into the Atlantic with 228 on-board broke up over a number of minutes, rather than in one catastrophic incident. By Henry Samuel in Paris 11 Jun 2009 The Brazilian Air Force said bodies from flight AF 447 had been picked up from locations more than 50 miles apart – supporting the theory that the plane did not simply plummet into the ocean. A reanalysis of the plane's last automatic transmissions also indicates that many parts had malfunctioned before it disappeared, and that...
  • Woman who missed Flight 447 is killed in car crash

    06/11/2009 8:15:36 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 57 replies · 2,163+ views
    Times Online ^ | June 11, 2009
    An Italian woman who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic last week has been killed in a car accident.
  • Airbus denies plans to ground A330, A340

    06/10/2009 6:44:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 343+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-06-10
    PARIS (AFP) — Airbus on Thursday denied a press report that it was considering grounding all long-haul A330 and A340 jets to change airspeed sensors after an Air France plane crashed into the Atlantic. The French newspaper Le Figaro said in its Thursday edition that the aircraft manufacturer "does not rule out grounding its fleet of 1,000 A330s and A340s to change the (speed) sensors." An Airbus spokesman denied the report, telling AFP "This is wrong." The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) "has issued a press release that all A330s and other aircraft are safe to operate," he said, adding:...
  • Two radical Muslims identified on crashed Air France flight-- planned to crash into Paris?

    06/10/2009 3:11:09 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 42 replies · 2,441+ views
    Two radical Muslims identified on crashed Air France flight DEBKAfile Special Repor June 10, 2009, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00) The day after DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources' revelation of Tuesday, June 9, that French security was going through the doomed Air France flight's passenger list for suspected terror links, the Paris weekly L'Express reported a link had been found. French security DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure) agents dispatched to Brazil identified two names on the passenger list which also appear also on highly-classified documents listing radical Muslims considered a threat to France. This link to the air tragedy was described as...
  • Terror Names Linked To Doomed Flight AF 447

    06/10/2009 10:08:32 AM PDT · by milford421 · 49 replies · 2,410+ views
    Sky News ^ | 6/10/09 | Peter Allen
    Terror Names Linked To Doomed Flight AF 447 3:58pm UK, Wednesday June 10, 2009 Peter Allen, in Paris Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged. Debris from Air France flight AF 447 has been recovered from the Atlantic French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 31.
  • Crash Probe: Passengers on Air France Jet Had Terror Links

    06/10/2009 5:11:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 165 replies · 9,520+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 10, 2009
    Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board, it has emerged. French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 31. Agents are now trying to establish dates of birth for the two dead passengers, and family connections. There is a possibility that the name similarities are simply a "macabre coincidence," the source added, but the revelation is still being "taken very seriously." A source working...
  • Terror Names Linked To Doomed Flight AF 447

    06/10/2009 5:37:15 AM PDT · by NCjim · 42 replies · 2,070+ views
    Sky News ^ | June 10, 2009
    Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged. French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 31st. Flight AF447 crashed in mid-Atlantic en route to Paris during a violent storm. While it is certain that there were computer malfunctions, terrorism has not been ruled out. Soon after news of the fatal crash broke, agents working for the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), the...
  • 2 PASSENGERS ON FLIGHT 447 HAD ISLAMIC TERROR TIES

    06/10/2009 7:11:04 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 2,180+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 08, 2009 | SKY NEWS
    June 10, 2009 -- Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged. French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 31st. Flight AF447 crashed in mid-Atlantic en route to Paris during a violent storm.While it is certain that there were computer malfunctions, terrorism has not been ruled out. Soon after news of the fatal crash broke, agents working for the DGSE (Direction Générale de la...
  • What Happened to Flight 447? A Designer's Worst Dilemma

    06/08/2009 9:55:43 PM PDT · by null and void · 50 replies · 1,769+ views
    Design News ^ | June 5, 2009 | John Loughmiller
    As attention shifts to the pitot tubes that provide air-speed data, Airbus designers must be doing a lot of soul searching right now Engineering design decisions are viewed by the unknowing as precise, no-compromise conclusions. If that were so all of us would feel better about our design choices. But in the real world, decisions are always made under the watchful eye of the accountants. So compromises are made and we live with the consequences. Except when people die. Then the binary nature of designing complex devices hits home: good decision, good result. Bad decision, bad result. Maybe really bad....
  • Searchers recover more bodies from Air France flight 447 as ships navigate through 'a sea of debris'

    06/08/2009 7:19:04 PM PDT · by traumer · 7 replies · 686+ views
    Divers yesterday recovered a large tail section of the Air France jet that crashed off the coast of Brazil nine days ago killing all 228 on board, including five Britons. It is one of the biggest pieces of wreckage yet found as the search continues for the Airbus 330's black boxes to solve the mystery of what brought the plane down en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. By yesterday, Brazilian and French military ships had recovered 16 bodies from Flight 447, which is thought to have broken up over the Atlantic after sending messages signalling electrical failures and...
  • 24 bodies, tail part recovered in Air France crash

    06/08/2009 2:57:40 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 80 replies · 3,417+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | June 8, 2009 | MARCO SIBAJA and BRADLEY BROOKS
    RECIFE, Brazil – A large tail section of a jetliner bearing Air France's trademark red and blue stripes was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean Monday, helping narrow the hunt for "black boxes" that could explain what brought down Flight 447. And some high-tech help is on the way — two U.S. Navy devices capable of picking up the flight recorders' emergency beacons far below on the ocean floor. What caused the Airbus A330-200 to plunge into the middle of the ocean on May 31 with 228 people on board might not be known until those black boxes are found....
  • 17 bodies recovered from Air France crash

    06/08/2009 5:19:39 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 1,199+ views
    Reuters via National Post | 2009-06-08 | Tim Hepher
    FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil -- Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the Atlantic where an Air France jet came down a week ago as French submarines head to the remote zone in search of the black boxes. The remains, and dozens of structural components from the plane also plucked from the waves, were expected to arrive in the Brazilian archipelago Fernando de Noronha on Tuesday. From there the bodies would be flown to the mainland coastal city of Recife for identification using dental records and DNA from relatives, air force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Henry Munhoz told reporters late Sunday in...
  • Why did Flight 447 head into a monster?

    06/08/2009 6:53:41 AM PDT · by Clive · 81 replies · 2,450+ views
    Globe and Mail (Toronto) ^ | 2009-06-08 | Paul Koring
    In the still-whirling maelstrom of speculation a week after the catastrophic end of Air France's flight 447, only a few facts have emerged, all of which point ominously to a seemingly inexplicable situation. How did it happen that highly experienced pilots flying a very sophisticated, nearly new jetliner for a world-class airline ended up in a monster thunderstorm when the wall of violent weather should have been starkly evident on the cockpit weathers radar and when the risks are well known. Meanwhile, the last few short coded fault reports, sent automatically by the aircraft's sophisticated flights systems to Air France,...
  • Tail of Doomed Air France Jet Found in Atlantic Ocean

    06/08/2009 12:39:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies · 3,691+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 08, 2009
    Tail of Doomed Air France Jet Found in Atlantic Ocean Monday, June 08, 2009 RECIFE, Brazil — Brazilian searchers found a large tail section from an Air France jet Monday, one of the biggest pieces yet recovered from wreckage that could help narrow the search for Flight 447's black boxes. A U.S. Navy team is bringing in high-tech underwater listening devices to detect pings from the data and voice recorders. Brazilian and French military ships that have so far recovered 16 bodies and large amounts of plane wreckage searched amid a sea of floating debris, finding the tail section with...
  • Air France Flight 447 – Are “Old School” Critics Of Fly-By-Wire (FBW) Right?

    06/08/2009 9:09:46 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 7 replies · 590+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | June 8, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    We will have plenty of time to debate the future EADS contract award status (i.e. split award) in the coming few weeks. During recovery operations, this is not the time for that particular debate! However, it has been reported that the Air France Flight 447 automated messages have revealed all three external air speed sensors were giving different readings for the plane’s velocity, diverging by up to 35 miles per hour – leaving the pilots and the on-board computer confused over what information to follow. Take a look at this well known and previously debated YouTube Video. As the Captain...
  • AF 447 may have been victim of terrorist attack

    06/07/2009 11:32:38 PM PDT · by libh8er · 43 replies · 2,763+ views
    Washington: A new theory has emerged that says the mysterious disappearance of Air France Flight 447, points to a possible terrorist attack against the aircraft by religious zealots. The theory has been put forward by Douglas Woodwell, assistant professor of international relations at University of Indianapolis in the US. According to Woodwell, the recent opening of a French military base in Dubai may have angered Islamic extremists in South America, sparking plans for attacks against French targets.lthough there have been no claims of responsibility or specific indications of sabotage, the disappearance of a large airliner without warning is extremely rare,...
  • Airline Insiders News Roundup

    06/07/2009 11:22:55 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 3 replies · 526+ views
    Airline Insiders ^ | 6/8/2009 | Admin
    It’s been an eventful week in the world of aviation. Of course, the story that’s still dominating the news is that of the crash into the Atlantic waters off Brazil of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330-200 jet airliner carrying 228 passengers and crew. There were no survivors, making this the deadliest crash since 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587, a somewhat larger Airbus A300-600 carrying 251 passengers and 9 crewmembers crashed shortly after takeoff from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) into a neighborhood in nearby Queens. In addition to those on the airliner, another...
  • Air France Plane: Full Story Of The Horror On Board Flight 447

    06/07/2009 5:00:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies · 4,817+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | June 07, 2009
    Air France plane: full story of the horror on board Flight 447 Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris began as an ordinary flight across the Atlantic, carrying passengers from 32 nations. But it ended in disaster. Philip Sherwell in Natal, Brazil 06 Jun 2009 Bianca Cotta and Carlos Mello (L) took flight 447 while Bianca Igregas and Rodrigo Motto decided not to fly after staying up late celebrating their wedding Just 24 hours after celebrating their marriage with an extravagant Balinese-themed reception for 300 guests, Bianca Cotta and Carlos Eduardo de Melo set off for honeymoon in France...
  • 12 similar flights deepen Air France 447 mystery

    06/07/2009 9:59:51 AM PDT · by libh8er · 41 replies · 2,357+ views
    CNN ^ | 6.509 | Scott Bronsteain
    At least 12 airplanes shared the trans-Atlantic sky with doomed Air France Flight 447, but none reported any problems, deepening the mystery surrounding the cause of the plane's disappearance. Image released by the Brazilian Air Force shows oil slicks in the water near a debris site. Image released by the Brazilian Air Force shows oil slicks in the water near a debris site. Airlines confirmed that at least a dozen aircraft departed roughly at the same time and traversed approximately the same route, but did not report problematic weather conditions. This has led some aviation experts to suggest that technical...
  • Air France Flight 447 – Ice, Pitots, and Rudder Travel Limiter (RTL)

    06/07/2009 7:05:59 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 7 replies · 980+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | June 7, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    The American Media has missed another opportunity to provide coverage to the American people. While the American media has been either bowing or kneeling to the Obama Arab World Appeasement Tour, the American population has turned to the on-line community for their news on this important story. Below is a update to the recovery operations currently going on off the coast of Brazil. Several newspapers have reported parts of a wing have been found. I will update when I can confirm with the SAR Mission Força Aérea Brasileira website. Air France seems to be doing a great job assisting the...
  • Three more bodies recovered from plane crash site

    06/07/2009 7:48:38 AM PDT · by Clive · 24 replies · 1,280+ views
    Three more bodies have been recovered from the ocean near where an Air France jet disappeared and is believed to have crashed, the Brazilian military said Sunday. The news brings the total number of bodies recovered so far to five. According to Navy Capt. Giucemar Tabosa Cardoso, search crews can see more bodies from the air and are moving ships into position to remove them from the water. Authorities have been searching for wreckage and survivors of Air France Flight 447 for one week, since the jet went missing late in the evening on May 31. It was en route...
  • Plane seats, wing floating in Atlantic

    06/06/2009 5:29:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 91 replies · 3,595+ views
    BRAZILIAN search aircraft late have spotted seats and part of a plane wing in the Atlantic where an Air France jet went down nearly a week ago, officials said after two bodies and other items were recovered from the area. "Plane seats, part of the wing (and) various other items (were) localised,"
  • Bodies Found From Air France Plane Crash

    06/06/2009 9:56:25 AM PDT · by traumer · 193 replies · 15,027+ views
    Bodies from the Air France passenger plane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil have been found by search teams. The news comes it was revealed the airliner sent out 24 automatic error messages in its final moments as its systems broke down one by one. The head of the French agency probing the tragedy said signals from the jet before it disappeared showed its autopilot was not on. Paul-Louis Arslanian said it was not clear if the autopilot had been switched off by the pilots or had stopped working because it received conflicting airspeed readings. He said investigators...
  • Air France 447 - Casting doubt on weather as culprit (coverup?)

    06/05/2009 12:35:45 PM PDT · by milwguy · 77 replies · 2,881+ views
    weather.com ^ | 6/5/09 | weather
    new analysis of the weather in the vicinity at the time of the crash appears to cast doubt on earlier reports that the plane encountered severe thunderstorms, lightning and wind gusts. Though there were storms, they were almost certainly less intense than those sometimes encountered above the United States, and lightning was at least 150 miles away, said Greg Forbes, severe-weather expert for the Weather Channel. Forbes said an examination of weather data for Sunday, including satellite images, indicated updrafts of perhaps 20 mph, far from the initial reports of 100 mph. "I wouldn't expect it to be enough to...
  • Did global warming help bring down Air France flight 447?

    06/05/2009 2:48:41 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 776+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 5, 2009 | James Delingpole
    While the serious world waits anxiously for a plausible explanation as to why that Airbus went down, the eco loons have seized their moment. According to Russia Today, a Russian climatologist "believes global warming may have played a serious part." Well, of course. After all, as we know, global warming is responsible for everything from acne, bubonic plague, and childhood insomnia to vampire moths, whale weight loss and yellow fever. It seems only logical that Anthropogenic Global Warming must be to blame for this extreme event too. The Russia Today article says: "Although the exact cause of the tragedy may...