Jun 9, 2009

AF447: what we know so far

If a reasonable guess is to made about what was happening on AF447 that night, it was that the jet was flying at perhaps the worst possible speed into a storm cell. Ben Sandilands explains.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

While nothing will stop the torrent of speculation about the causes of the Air France crash in the mid-Atlantic on 1 June, the recovery of a large section of the tail removes some theories.

The rudder, which is a moveable control surface, didn’t break off the vertical stabiliser or “fin”.

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2 thoughts on “AF447: what we know so far

  1. John Bennetts

    Thanks for wrapping up that which is currently known about this accident and addressing the worst of the scare stories in this short, precise article.

    Not a wasted word.

    I hope that all of the grieving can come to terms with the facts and not become trapped in an emotional search for some one to blame.

  2. Bonnie Ember

    Hello Ben,

    Great, Objective articles.
    I have read everything from Aliens to Meteors, hit AF 447.

    We do know that the Pilot from Iberia saw a flash of white light that broke into 6 pieces & fell vertically to earth, about the same time as the AF flight, & about in, the same flight path.
    We do know that, Whatever happened to that plane during those 4 minutes of Computer generated error messages, The Pilots could not send a May Day call.

    It reminds me of the film: Westworld, where the computers take over, & murder the people.

    Although this is Life, imitating Art,
    There are so many Hackers out there, that I do not like the idea of a plane flown by computers.
    We need a better system for measuring air speed on a plane.

    I just got back from the ITCV filming an HD film on Tahiti which can be seen on:



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