Black boxes from Air France Flight 447 localized
Thursday, May 6, 2010
The French government and military officials have urged caution, saying there is no guarantee the flight recorders will be found. French navy spokesman Hugues du Plessis d'Argentre commented to AFP, "[I]t's like trying to find a shoe box in an area the size of Paris, at a depth of 3,000m (9,800ft) and in a terrain as rugged as the Alps."
The aircraft, an, carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members, for a total of 228 people on board, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean after flying in bad weather. The , which measure airspeed, are considered likely to have been a contributing factor to the crash. However, the actual cause has yet to be determined.
The search is now in its third phase, which started on March 30 – April 1, 2010 and was originally announced to last 30 days. However, on May 4, the search was extended to May 25.
- "Bomb threat delayed an Air France flight to Paris days before Flight 447 crashed" — Wikinews, June 3, 2009
- "Aircraft wreckage in Atlantic confirmed to be that of missing Air France flight" — Wikinews, June 2, 2009
- "Air France jet with 228 on board goes missing" — Wikinews, June 1, 2009