Finding Air France 447

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The other news of last Sunday, May 1, 2011, was the discovery of a debris field that later led to recovery of Air France Flight 447's cockpit and voice data recorders, and we now know more about how they did it. The Airbus A330 that was Flight 447 was lost with all 228 aboard, in 14,000 feet of ocean, hundreds of miles off the coast of Brazil, on June 1, 2009. When that field was temporarily reduced last year to focus on an area of 770 square miles, it still represented an expanse almost 21.5 trillion times the size of one of the flight's recorders. Mike Purcell, of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was chief of sea search operations for the mission that ultimately found the recorders. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with him Thursday; click here to listen to that podcast.