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Flight 447 crash investigators "getting closer"

18 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

Crash investigators said there were “getting closer” to understanding what brought down Air France Flight 447 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, citing electronic failures leading to faulty speed readings as the likely cause.Paul-Louis Arslanian, chief of the French accident investigation bureau, BEA, said: “Considering all the work that has been done and all we have at our disposal, I think we may be getting a bit closer to our goal.”

Pensioner who missed Flight 447 killed in car crash

12 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

An Italian pensioner who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean last week has been killed in a car accident. Johanna Ganthaler from Bolzano-Bozen province had been holidaying with her husband in Brazil but missed the fated Flight 447 after turning up last for the flight from Rio de Janeiro.

French nuclear sub begins search for flight 447 black box

10 June 2009 Press Release Tourism News

A French nuclear submarine has arrived at the scene of the Air France crash off the coast of Brazil to search for the flight’s data recorders, which could be lying up to 6,000m deep on the bed of the Atlantic.The black boxes, which emit a locator signal for about 30 days, could provide vital clues as to why the Airbus A330 crashed on 1 June, killing all 228 on board.

Investigators recover more bodies from Flight 447

9 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

Search crews have found more bodies in the Atlantic Ocean, bringing the total recovered from Air France Flight 447 to 29.They have also recovered the vertical stabiliser from the tail section of the airliner, according to Air Force Col. Henry Munhoz, a spokesman for the Brazilian airforce.

More bodies recovered from Air France crash

8 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

French and Brazilian search teams have now recovered 17 bodies from the Atlantic Ocean where the Air France Airbus A330 crashed Monday.The discoveries come as French officials have confirmed that the airliner may have lost control after its speed sensors were blocked by ice.

Air France Flight 447 may have stalled

5 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

Air France Flight 447 may have stalled after pilots slowed down too much after encountering turbulence, according to new information leaked to the French press.Airbus is sending advice on flying in storms to operators of its A330 jets, according to Le Monde newspaper. The report reminds crews to maintain adequate speed and the correct attitude, or angle of flight, when entering heavy turbulence.

Mystery of Flight 447 may never be solved

4 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

The chief investigator of Air France Flight 447 said that the world may never know the reason why the Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic with 228 people onboard.Despite a fleet from the Brazilian navy continuing its search for bodies and debris, accident investigators believe the chances of recovering the black box would be virtually zero as it would be 3,000 metres under water - a depth at which no black boxes have previous been recovered. The search would be made even tougher as the ocean floor in the region is mountainous.

Search begins for Air France black box

3 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

French accident investigators said they are “not optimistic” of ever finding the black box from the Air France flight 447 jet as it would be lying on Atlantic Ocean floor at a depth of up to 3,000 metres.Four navy ships with recovery equipment and a tanker are heading to a 5km strip of water about 745 miles north-east of Recife where a Brazilian Air Force spotter plane located debris including plane seats, an orange buoy, wiring, metal pieces and jet fuel stains.

Brazil air safety scrutinised after crash

19 July 2007 Press Release Airline News

Airport safety is now under scrutiny in the wake of Brazil’s deadliest air disaster, which killed 200 passengers, crew and ground staff after an Airbus 320 crashed at Sao Paulo’s busiest airport.