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Investigators Find Wreckage of Air France Plane Lost 2 Years Ago

Nearly two years ago Air France flight 447 went down in the Atlantic Ocean between Rio de Janeiro and Paris, and up till now there have been few solid answers as to the cause of the crash.

Af447 New wreckage has been discovered:

Investigators have found bodies among the wreckage of an Air France plane discovered around 4,000 metres (2.5 miles) deep in the Atlantic Ocean, nearly two years after it dropped out of the sky.

Flight AF447 from Rio to Paris disappeared on 1 June 2009, killing all 228 people on board. In the days after the crash around 50 bodies and several hundred aircraft parts were picked up out of the water.

Despite three costly searches, nothing more was found until Sunday, when undersea robots discovered part of the aeroplane's cabin containing bodies.

The gruesome find shows the aircraft did not smash to pieces when it hit the sea, as previously thought.

The black box flight recorders have not yet been located, however, but the tight debris field has given investigators new hope that they will be.

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  1. This was a sad tragedy. Among the victims was Prince Pedro of Orleans-Bragança, who were Brazil still an empire, would have eventually become Emperor Pedro III. His cousin was also scheduled to take the same flight back to France, but at last minute she changed her reservations for a later flight.

    Pedro was a very nice young man. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times in Belgium. Very sad...all loss of life of course...his poor parents broke my heart at the funeral!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Apr 4, 2011 10:42:21 AM


  2. I was just asking a friend the other week what had happened to all the bodies from this crash. I am happy to hear the investigation is still on-going. I have not been able to shake this crash fro two year. I still can't believe it just disappeared. And hit the water 'belly first'.

    Perhaps me and my friend need to have more happy topics of conversation.

    I hope to hear more about this in the coming weeks.

    Posted by: Martin | Apr 4, 2011 11:51:58 AM


  3. Why Martin? Why can't you believe it? Planes crash all the time. Sometimes they just have catastrophic mechanical failures and literally drop out of the sky, or manage to 'Glide' into the water or land.

    I know a women who was scheduled to fly on flight 800 NY to Paris when it crashed [blew up?] into Long Island Sound. She cancelled literally at the last moment. It was supposed to be her honeymoon, but the wedding was cancelled.

    I was on a flight crossing the North Atlantic when it 'Lost' 2 engines. Thank God it was a 4 engine 747.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 4, 2011 2:47:18 PM


  4. @Ratbastard: actually, given the thousands of flights that go on every day around the world, planes don't really crash "all the time." Even developing countries whose airlines are state-owned go to pains to hire experts and skilled mechanics, knowing the PR (meaning: economic) damage that comes with a single crash.

    I'm glad your flight worked out OK, and I would certainly hope any trans-Atlantic flight was on a 4-engine plane!

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 4, 2011 8:01:54 PM


  5. A friend of mine was on TWA 800 (he worked for TWA and was on his way to Paris in order to work a returning flight) and even after all these years the pain and sadness never really go away - it just eases a bit.

    My heart goes out to the families and loved ones on AF 447.

    Posted by: Esteban | Apr 4, 2011 8:13:48 PM


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