As the first bodies from Air France 447 are found, investigators suspect a terrifying mix of weather and technological weakness was responsible
Richard Woods and Matthew Campbell Times OnLine June 7, 2009
When things go wrong at high altitude, one of the deadliest challenges for pilots is a phenomenon known as “coffin corner”. This is the point, tens of thousands of feet up, where the margin for error in controlling a sophisticated modern airliner becomes tiny. Investigators are now wondering whether Air France flight 447, which disappeared last week with 228 people on board, may have flown into coffin corner never to escape.
Enthusiastic reports of sightings of oil slick and potential fuselage pieces from the air turned out to be false hopes in the search for debris from Air France flight447 which was lost with 228 people on board.
“RED-FACED Brazilian officials have said debris they thought was from an Air France crash in the Atlantic was in fact sea “trash”, adding to the uncertainties surrounding the jet tragedy.”
“Up to now, no material from the plane has been recovered,” Brigadier Ramon Cardoso, director of Brazilian air traffic control, told reporters in the northeastern city of Recife.” Continue reading →
Air France Flight 447 goes down with no warning on July 1, 2009
Maria Ramos of CNN explains the projected flight path using Google Earth. In the early hours of the flight’s disappearance this video from CNN tried to explain what happened to the flight. All 228 people were lost when the Air France jet disappeared from the radar screen.
Video is copyright by CNN and used under fair use as part of a news story.
Updated January 5, 2010 to correct broken links.
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