June 04, 2009

Crucial Air France Crash



PARIS, France (CNN) -- French officials -- who said there is now no hope that anyone survived the crash of an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic -- said Wednesday they may never find the doomed jets' flight data recorders.

The Airbus 330, with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board, disappeared from radar screens, some three hours after it took off from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil en route to Paris.

A memorial for the victims of Flight AF 447, which included 61 people from France, 58 Brazilians, 26 Germans and people from 29 other countries, will take place at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris at 10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. GMT). Brazil has declared three days of mourning.

Air France CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said aircraft encountered heavy turbulence about 02:15 a.m. local time Monday (10:15 p.m. ET Sunday). At that point, the plane's automatic system initiated a four-minute exchange of messages to the company's maintenance computers, indicating "several pieces of aircraft equipment were at fault or had broken down."

The jet, which was flying at 35,000 feet and at 521 mph, also sent a warning that it had lost pressure, the Brazilian air force said. Its last known contact occurred at 02:33 a.m., the Brazilian air force spokesman added. Map of Flight AF 447's flightpath »

"We need time to reach the recorders," said Paul-Louis Arslanian, head of France's Accident Investigation Bureau.

The recorders give off a locator signal that lasts for up to 30 days, and the French government has sent a research vessel with a deep-diving submersible on board to the area where the plane's debris was found.

French officials said weather conditions at the site -- believed to be a major factor in the crash -- remain "extremely difficult" and the depth of the Atlantic near the sites where wreckage was found is around 7,000 meters (21,000 feet).


"Even in history ... recorders from time to time were found after the 30 days. But I'm not so optimistic," said Arslanian at a press conference Wednesday. "It's not only deep it's also very mountainous at that place of the ocean."

Arslanian said answers on what caused the crash could take a long time.

"It could be long, we can not do with 80 percent understanding," said Arslanian. "This catastrophe is the worst that our country has known in our country's air history."

He said there appeared to be no problems with Flight AF 447 before take-off, but that everything had to be "checked and verified."


Source: CNN

4 comments:

shahir said...

hey, kau pon follow pasal air crash ni jugak? aku agak pelik gak la and concern pasal ni, sebab2 berikut:
1. A330 is one of the safest plane ever built (sbb dia baru lagi model dia)
2. as per the CNN report on the wing deflection, plane wing tip are allowed to deflect up to few feets without breaking.
3. how can that massive airplane lost without a trace? besar gila kot
4. I wanna know what actually happened to that plane, but first they need to retrieve Flight Data Recorder (FDR).
5. This opens to the possibility of live data recorder transmitted directly to the ground being introduced (cost of operation mahal sikit la). lets see what Airbus and other plane manufacturer/operators gonna do bout this.
6. AirAsia X is one of the operators of A330 and A340. ooo.. scary if they found a major malfunction in the design.

zunitaseriously said...

kalau ko nak tau sume2 tu, carik kat CNN, dia siap bg video and clear explanation la.it's pretty interesting right how these can happen? heh,try la tgk;)

shahir said...

owh.. stiap kali online, aku tunggu update. even tadi pon aku baru lepas usha SBS World news Australia, x de update pon, kecuali victim's family bising2 nak recover body tu ASAP. daymn.. tidakkah mereka ketahui bahawa sekarang priority mission Search for the wreckage itu adalah untuk retrieve FDR? well, I understand that they are not happy because Brazilian and French Authorities failed to recover the bodies, but they are trying hard to find it. the French are sending everything they could possibly send for the mission, that includes sending submarines, tp skrg, most likely nobody will survive, so, retrieving the FDR is the most important thing at the moment, as Airbus could not do anything if they do not know what actually happened during the flight.

Retrieving the FDR can prevent from another major air disaster involving A330.

p.s. very long explanation for a very short point. haha

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