Air France 447


Bright spots on a dark field, how it looked to the sonar analysts.

Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack

BoingBoing – May 6, 2011
Last weekend, investigators announced that they had recovered the flight data recorder from the wreckage of Air France 447—a jetliner that crashed in the deep Atlantic two years ago. But, while the discovery of the data recorder is recent, the story of how Flight 447 was found goes back a month. >>Read More>>


How Air France 447’s Missing Wreckage Was Found—and Why It Took So Long

Popular Mechanics – April 18, 2011
After Air France flight 447 disappeared off the Brazilian coast shortly after takeoff on the night of May 31, 2009, French aviation authorities were keen to find out what had gone wrong. To do that, they needed to find the wreckage, especially the plane’s flight data recorders (black boxes). The only problem: The impact site was unknown. >>Read More>>


6000-in-the-water-300x225Found: Air France Flight 447

The Daily Planet (Smithsonian Air & Space) – April 5, 2011
You’ve heard of the UAV (unmanned air vehicle). Now check out the AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle): The REMUS 6000. It looks like a yellow torpedo. It’s a lot smarter. And it dives a lot deeper.

Yesterday, the tenacious underwater ‘bot located at long last the remains of Air France flight 447, which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009.
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Found: Woods Hole Team Locates Air France Flight 447 Wreckage; ‘We Were Searching In The Right Area’

Underwater Times – April 5, 2011
A search team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has located the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 some 3,900 meters, or nearly 2.5 miles, below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil’s northeastern coast. >>Read More>>