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2009 Air France Flight 447 disaster

About 2009 Air France Flight 447 disaster

Update at Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 03:51:20

Brazilian officials say 6 more bodies are recovered from the Atlantic Ocean. Investigation officers are examining the items recovered so far: Two plane seats, oxygen masks, water bottles, and several structural pieces, some no bigger than a man's hand. The collected air plane debris is put for media display at the Recife's Air Force base CINDACTA III, Brazil. June 25, 2009 is set as the tentative date for halting the search operations as it becomes growing difficult to recover evidence as time progresses. The black box emergency locator beacons generally fade after 30 days. Added bad weather conditions are making the search and recovery process even more difficult.

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Update at Tuesday, Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 01:47:15

The Air France A330 wreckage are located by the Brazilian military planes. All 228 people on board are feared to have been dead in the accident. The accident is regarded as the worst disaster in the airliner history. Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said the wreckage is scattered in a 5 kilometer area in the high seas. Seats, fuel stains, wires are located at the northeast of the coastal city of Recife. No bodies are recovered so far. Naval ships are deployed to carry their operations and to possibly recover any information / items from the region. The ocean at the point of the accident is believed to be 6600 - 9000 feet in depth and hence recovery of flight data and voice recorders are believed to be extremly difficult.

Update at Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 14:18:54

Brazilian Air Force confirms having located in what is considered the wreckage of the missing air plane. The Air Force said it located a plane seat, oil and other debris. The French Government said there is no evidence that points to terrorism so far.

Update at Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 12:01:33

French Insurance company AXA said it is the lead insurer for the missing aircraft. The company spokesman said the insurer is fully available for the airliner and declined to comment on anything beyond that.

Update at Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 02:35:00 UTC

Brazil Vice President Jose Alencar spoke with the media after visiting relatives of missing passengers. The plane's black box, in case located deep from the Atlantic, might not be of much use, aviation experts say.

Update at Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 01:35:00 UTC

Even though airline authorities are yet to provide the official list of passengers, media sources say the list includes names of some of the top business people from Europe and Brazil. German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp Steel AG said Erich Heine, chairman of its Brazil unit was aboard the plane. There are 9 Chinese on board the plane. Two Americans are on board and U.S. consular officials are reported to be in touch with their family members.

Update at Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 01:15:00 UTC

The Pentagon said it has sent a surveillance aircraft and an Air Force search and rescue team to try to locate missing plane. The plane started from the air base used by the US Southern Command Air Base in Comalapa, El Salvador at about 2210 GMT. Reports say that French Defence Minister Herve Morin has asked the US help in the search operations during a conversation with the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Meanwhile Brazil air force is using night aircrafts with radar and infrared technologies to continue the search operations during the night.

Update at Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 01:08:25 UTC

Tam SA, Brazil's second-largest airline, said its crew members saw flashes of light over the Atlantic Ocean about 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) from Fernando de Noronha island. Air France-KLM Group Chief Executive Officer Pierre Henri Gourgeon said it has received 10 distress signals before the lights disappeared. However, Brazil Air Force said they have not received any. Brazil has put in five planes, two helicopters and three military ships checking the Atlantic Ocean for traces of the missing Air France-KLM jet. Spain has sent two of its aircrafts for the search operations. Three young Irish doctors (one each from Dublin, Tipperary and Belfast) are reported to be on board the missing plane.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 14:10:00 UTC

French officials expressed 'real pessimism' about the incident. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown feared some Britons were there on board the fateful plane. The France Government has sent a military aircraft from Senegal to join the search operation with Brazil. Air France, saying it is too early to confirm about the reason of the crash, said that the pilot said about turbulence in his last communication. The aircraft passenger list shows it is having 216 Brazilian nationals, 40 French nationals, 20 German and 'several' Moroccans and Lebanese. Two executives working for the French tyre maker Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SA are reported to be on the missing plane according to the company spokeswomen.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 12:18:00 UTC

The fateful plane is carrying 1 infant, 7 children, 82 women and 126 men. Reports say the plane is inducted in 2005 and was last serviced on April 16, 2009.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 12:15:00 UTC

Families of passengers began to gather at the Paris's Charles de Gaulle International Airport Crisis Centre awaiting news. The UK Foreign Office has touched with the French authorities for any Britons on the jet. Air France says the plane had probably been struck by lightening and might have failed after a 'catastrophic', sudden and unexplained systems failure.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:58:00 UTC

Air France says the missing plane sent a message saying it had electrical short-circuit after strong turbulence.

The Airbus 330 is a wide-bodied, twin-engine passenger plane and was designed for long-haul routes. Aviation experts say the aircraft has good safety record so far since its start of commercial operations in 1993. The Airbus 330-200 was introduced in 1998. Airbus says that the 330 is a commercially successful model and that it has asked Rolls Royce and GE to design more economical engines so that the 787 Dreamliner will be 15% cheaper than the A330-200.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:18:59 UTC

French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reported to have said he is 'very worried' about the missing jet. He said that France's Junior Transport Minister, Dominique Bussereau, and Development Minister Jean-Louis Borloo are asked to rush to the Paris Airport to monitor the situation there. All relevant authorities are instructured to investigate the incident.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:05:41 UTC

Henry Wilson, a spokesman of the Brazil air force confirmed its planes have begun searching the jet. The search planes have taken off the island of Fernando de Noronha located on the Brazil's northeast coast.

Update at Monday, June 1, 2009 at 10:44:00 UTC

A 228 people Air France-KLM plane that took off Brazil on its way to France was off radar and is missing. The plane is over the Atlantic Ocean on its way to France when it is was last spotted on the radar screens. Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport confirmed having lost track of the plane at 06:00 hrs GMT. The Brazil Air force too confirmed the same and added a search mission is taken up - particularly near the island of Fernando de Noronha.

The Flight AF 447 - Airbus 330-200 - left Rio at 1900 local time (2200 GMT) and is expected to arrive in Paris, France at 1110 local time (0910 GMT). A crisis centre was set up at Charles de Gaulle to beam in latest updates on the incident. The plane has 216 passengers and 12 crew members.

Update on June 22, 2009

French Newspaper Le Monde reported that military ships are able to 'detect signal' of the Air France Airbus black boxes. The research mini-submarine, the Nautile is put into use after a 'very weak signal' is reported. French chartered ships have come forward to help in the search process. Though they are moving in a radius of 50 miles with each of the ship being installed with US Navy underwater listening devices to a 19,700 ft cable, the collection of data has become little better. The end result of this mammoth search process however is still hanging in the dark.

Updates in July 2009

Investigators say that primary evidence shows that the flight might have made a hard belly landing and broke on impact. Considering that none of the life jackets were inflated, it is concluded that the passengers did not have enough time to prepare for the water landing. Investigators also feel that the pilots made attempts for six hours for controllers along the flight path to sound a warning that the aircraft might be in danger. The investigation report also said that controllers in Dakar, Senegal have made repeated calls to colleagues along the route.

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