Af447 News

Pilot error mooted as cause of Air France AF447 crash

Pilot error mooted as cause of Air France AF447 crash

1st Aug 2011 Airline News

Pilot error has been identified as the likely cause of the crash of Air France flight AF447, which came down over the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 with the loss of all 228 people on board. Initial investigations revealed faulty air speed monitors had played a role in the crash, but a new report suggests the two pilots on board could have saved the situation.

French forensics begin identifying Air France flight 447 victims

French forensics begin identifying Air France flight 447 victims

17th Jun 2011 Airline News

A team of French forensic experts are beginning the task of identifying the decomposed remains of 104 victims of Air France flight 447, which crashed off the coast of Brazil two years ago. The bodies, many still strapped to their seats, were raised last month from the wreckage, which was lying three miles under the Atlantic.

Air France comments on AF447 tragedy

Air France comments on AF447 tragedy

29th May 2011 Airline News

On the eve of second anniversary of Air France’s Flight 447 tragedy, Air France has issued a statement saying that the carrier and its staff are turning their thoughts to the families of the passengers and crew who were aboard the fight to wish to express their full solidarity. The aircraft crashed over the Atlantic Ocean on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris

Air France Rio crash plunged for over three minutes

Air France Rio crash plunged for over three minutes

27th May 2011 Airline News

The Air France jet which crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio in 2009 stalled and fell in three and a half minutes, French investigators report. The air accident investigations bureau found the crew were faced with contradictory speed readings just before the plane crashed.

Air France Flight 447 – black box data preserved

Air France Flight 447 – black box data preserved

17th May 2011 Airline News

All flight data from Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 has been preserved in the aircraft’s black box recorders, French aviation authorities have confirmed.  The announcement comes after investigators said it recovered the data from the recorders, pulled from the ocean floor after a search lasting almost two years.

Debris from AF 447 located in Atlantic Ocean

Debris from AF 447 located in Atlantic Ocean

4th Apr 2011 Airline News

Investigators searching for the wreckage of Air France flight AF 447 – which crashed over the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 – have located wreckage on the ocean floor. Parts of the fuselage – reported to contain corpses of some of the 228 killed – were located at depths of up to 4,000 meters below the surface by the Alucia search vessel.

Air France Flight 447 flight recorders located

Air France Flight 447 flight recorders located

6th May 2010 Airline News

A French submarine has located the flight recorders from Air France Flight 447, which crashed over the Atlantic Ocean last year with the loss of 228 lives. Using sonar from the nuclear naval submarine Emeraude, investigators have narrowed the search to a 5km square area of seabed, but the recovery operation remains challenging.

Flight 447 hit ocean intact, says official report

3rd Jul 2009 Press Release Airline News

Air France Flight 447 was intact when it hit the Atlantic Ocean, according to the first report released by the French accident bureau investigating the disaster in which all 228 onboard lost their lives.The Airbus A330 did not break up in flight, and neither was it in a nose or tail-down dive, according to investigators. A study of 660 pieces of debris showed that it had shattered only when it hit the sea belly-first.

Airbus long-haul fleet could be grounded

1st Jul 2009 Press Release Airline News

Airbus could be forced to ground its worldwide fleet of long-range aircraft tomorrow when accident investigators publish their first account on what caused Air France Flight 447 to crash off the coast of Brazil on 1 June.Experts believe that the French accident bureau will report that faulty speed data and electronics caused the Airbus 330 to stall during a tropical thunderstorm, killing 228 people.