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Old 2nd June 2009, 09:22   #31
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Brazilian Airlines pilot claim seeing evidence of a crash along the Air France Route :


Pilots flying a commercial jet from Paris to Rio de Janeiro for Brazil's largest airline, TAM, spotted what they thought was fire in the ocean along the Air France jet's route early Monday, the airline said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press.

Brazilian Air Force spokesman Col. Jorge Amaral said authorities were investigating the report, according to the Agencia Brasil official news service.

"There is information that the pilot of a TAM aircraft saw several orange points on the ocean while flying over the region ... where the Air France plane disappeared," Amaral said.

"After arriving in Brazil, the pilot found out about the disappearance (of the Air France plane) and said that he thought those points on the ocean were fire."

Source: Yahoo News
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An unfortunate incident.
But now atleast the theory of Bermuda triangle will not be brought in resulting in a thorough investigation that may help in preventing these crashes from happening.
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Oh this is horrible. God give strength to the victims families.
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Old 2nd June 2009, 18:46   #34
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Possible wreckage located.

Source: BBC / CNN / CNN-IBN

Wreckage has been found in the Atlantic Ocean that could have come from a missing Air France jet that disappeared Monday with 228 passengers and crew on board, Brazilian aviation officials said Tuesday.

Floating objects and seats were found 720 kilometers (447 miles) from the island of Fernando de Noronha, said Brazilian Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral.

The search will continue but there is not enough material to officially say this is the wreckage from Flight 447, Maral said.

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Old 2nd June 2009, 23:08   #35
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Just heard on the news (BBC Channel) that the Brazilian armed forces have located the crash site and have found some visible debris like floating seats, airplane parts etc. They claim that it is located in one of the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean, so retrieval of the black boxes pose a real challenge.
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Old 2nd June 2009, 23:20   #36
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OT but related:
So, the floating seat cushions and life jackets are useless?
Or maybe they crash landed into the sea and did not soft land on it in which case the wings would help from sinking for a while.
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if the planes controls went kaput because of electrical/electronics failure, pilots may have no way of gliding the plane to a smooth landing.

also, if they land on cold waters, even with the floating cushions hypothermia can kill very quickly.
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temp at the time of crash and till now have been in the range of +20to28degrees C,so there is a very likely chance of survivors if they had a smooth landing. even though A330 is a file-by-wire system, there are manual systems a pilot can use just in case everything goes kaput. i'll venture a guess and say tail section of the plane was torn apart, since pilots never made a mayday call and they droped 35000 feet in 4 min thus no likely survivors.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 00:37   #39
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As of now, search operations are expected to take weeks or even several months. Given that the ridge line of the bottom of the sea drops close to a miles in certain areas of the Atlantic, no one knows how deep below the surface the black box might be.
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Terrible.

I wonder why it's taking so long to identify the location. Assuming that there is floating debris, shouldn't it be possible for satellite images to pick them up quickly? I'm sure governments have access to extremely detailed images.
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it's taking longer due to the distance that has to be covered,all the visual identification that are coming out about the debris are from a plane flying 500-1000 feet asl,at well over 150 knts, 3 commercial vessels are there right now, they will tell government about what they see then they will tell the family and then media.
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This suggests there are no mechanical controls in A330.

Airbus loss likely to remain mystery for a while yet

I mentioned cold water in response to nitrous' query about usability of floats.
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my bad about temp,but mechanical controls sources are pilots that fly a330 and staff pilot and engineer that are type rated, there is limited trim and rudder control.
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Debris spotted earlier has been identified as belonging to the Air France flight.

Source: BBC / CNN


The chilling part of the report is that the debris was found spread over a distance of 5 km long

" Two debris fields were found about 650 km (400 miles) northeast of the Fernando de Noronha Islands, an archipelago 355 kilometers (220 miles) off the northeast coast of Brazil -- or at latitude 2 north, longitude 30 west, the Ministry of Defense said on its Web site.

One of the fields was 5 km (3 miles) long and that both lie near the flight path between Rio de Janeiro and Paris."



It is most strange to see that the aircraft systems transmitted automatic messages for about 4 minutes to the homebase server, but the pilots did not radio in. This indicates that the radio must have been among the first equipment to fail. The last automated transmitted message from the aircraft systems reported loss of pressure.

In such scenario, chances of survivors are slim.

I was hoping to avoid saying it, but now, hope is almost gone. May they Rest in Peace. My heartfelt condolence to their family. It is a horrible tragedy.

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The chilling part of the report is that the debris was found spread over a distance of 5 km long
not really abnormal. Some of the wreckage from bermuda triangle has been found near the coast of virginia. ocean has strong currents there.

But one thing I noticed is another pilot saw orange "spots" in the ocean. if it was burning over a large area, possibly it caught fire midair and disintegrated while burning. terrorism?
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