French Authorities Release Photos Of Air France Flight 447 Crash Site


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French Authorities Release Photos Of Air France Flight 447 Crash Site

By Steve Hall

April 5, 2011 - On Sunday French authorities reported during phase 4 of a search and recovery operation, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution robotic submarines had located the wreckage of what was believed to be Air France Flight 447, at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and that corpses of the flight had been seen in the wreckage. 

Air France Flight 447 was a scheduled commercial flight that had departed on May 31, 2009 at 19:03 local time from Rio de Janeiro with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on an Airbus A330-200 that was to land at Paris.  

Enroute air traffic control received automated messages from Flight 447 indicating the aircraft was having mechanical problems. Shortly after those messages ATC lost radio contact with Flight 447 and it was believed the aircraft cashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa.

The investigation into the disappearance of Flight 447 had been severely hampered by the lack of any eyewitness accounts and radar tracks, as well as the airplane's black boxes, which have not been recovered. 

On Monday the French government?s aviation department, Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) which is responsible for investigating aviation accidents and making safety recommendations released photos of the crash site of Flight 447. The debris field included the fuselage of the Airbus A330-20, passenger?s seatbelted in their seats, engines, landing gear, etc.

The wreckage area was described as "quite compact", on a relatively flat ocean floor which was about 660 feet and located about 13,000 feet below sea level which suggest that the aircraft most likely did not exploded in flight and crashed into the water in one piece. The discovery of Flight 447 has raised hopes that the CVR and FDR (the "black boxes") will be located.

Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet of the French Ecology and Transportation stated the bodies and wreckage would be brought to the surface and taken to France for examination and identification. 

Bellow are photos released from BEA

Flight 447 was the deadliest crash in the history of Air France. Paul-Louis Arslanian, the head of the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) described it as the worst accident in French aviation history.

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