Air France Flight 447 Wreckage Found


The final resting place of Air France Flight 447, the Airbus 330-203 that was carrying 228 people out of Rio for Paris, when it crashed June 1, 2009, has been located in the deep sea, several hundred miles off Brazil’s northeastern coast. BEA, the French investigative agency, Monday showed pictures of the aircraft’s landing gear, two engines and a panel of fuselage. Investigators say bodies are also present at the site, some 3,900 meters below the surface of the Atlantic, and may be recovered. At the time of this report, the aircraft’s flight recorders had not been located.

As of Monday, “most” of the fuselage had been located, according to France’s minister overseeing the environment and transport, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, who said recovery could begin late this month. The aircraft crashed at night in severe weather after sending 24 automated messages showing onboard faults and system failures. BEA is working with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in the search.

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