Air France AF-447 crash mystery

Published June 2, 2009 by starvillanueva

 * This news really gets my attention for 2 reasons: because on my last Manila flight our Boeing 777 has been hit by a lightning fortunately nothing bad happened besides from delays and next week I will have Paris flight hopefully it will be a safe journey…

The presumed crash of Air France flight AF447with 216 passengers and a crew of 12, continues to pose a mystery to aviation writers and analysts world-wide.

Stunned analysts say it would take extremely violent weather to bring down such a large jet, especially one as reliable and modern as the Airbus A330-200 in question.

By industry standards Air France has a relatively young fleet and the aircraft operating flight AF447, registration number F-GZCP, had only entered service in April 2005 and had passed a routine in-hanger inspection in mid-April.

Former Airbus pilot John Wiley told CNN that speculation lightning had brought down the plane was likely to prove unfounded since most modern passenger aircraft were capable of withstanding direct strikes.

Analyst Kieran Daly of online aviation news service Air Transport Intelligence said the lack of communication with the aircraft “does suggest it was something serious and catastrophic.

“The A330 is state-of-the-art, with extremely reliable engines made by General Electric.”

CNN air travel expert Richard Quest says the twin-engine plane, a stalwart of long-haul routes, has an impeccable safety record, with only one fatal incident involving a training flight in 1994.

“It has very good range, and is extremely popular with airlines because of its versatility,” he said.

Brazil and France have scrambled search and rescue aircraft on both sides of the Atlantic, but with a vast area to scour, there is dwindling hope of finding survivors.

The Brazilian Air Force said the flight AF447 was last logged flying at an altitude of 10,600 meters (35,000 feet) before contact was lost.

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37 comments on “Air France AF-447 crash mystery

  • I pray a miracle will happen for both AF 447 passengers and crew. Now we know your jobs are really no joke. It should be taken seriously like any other profession. FAs always put their lives at risk in every flight. I salute you guys, more than ever. Be safe always.

    –an inspired aspiring FA

  • I pray a miracle will happen for both AF 447 passengers and crew. Now we know your jobs are really no joke. It should be taken seriously like any other profession. FAs always put their lives at risk in every flight. I salute you guys, more than ever. Be safe always.
    –an inspired aspiring FA

  • I pray a miracle will happen for both AF 447 passengers and crew. Now we know your jobs are really no joke. It should be taken seriously like any other profession. FAs always put their lives at risk in every flight. I salute you guys, more than ever. Be safe always.
    –an inspired aspiring FA

  • I pray a miracle will happen for both AF 447 passengers and crew. Now we know your jobs are really no joke. It should be taken seriously like any other profession. FAs always put their lives at risk in every flight. I salute you guys, more than ever. Be safe always.
    –an inspired aspiring FA

  • I pray a miracle will happen for both AF 447 passengers and crew. Now we know your jobs are really no joke. It should be taken seriously like any other profession. FAs always put their lives at risk in every flight. I salute you guys, more than ever. Be safe always.
    –an inspired aspiring FA

  • I pray a miracle will happen for both AF 447 passengers and crew. Now we know your jobs are really no joke. It should be taken seriously like any other profession. FAs always put their lives at risk in every flight. I salute you guys, more than ever. Be safe always.
    –an inspired aspiring FA

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

  • AF 447
    Compare this with the AA flight out of JFK. Vertical fin came off too. Suspect that the aircraft got into ruff weather and got into a Dutch Roll. Possibly, the pilot turner off the auto-pilot and maybe even the yaw-damper. Which should remain ON all the time. IF the pilot tried to use the rudder to stop the roll/yaw, he would stasticaly have made the opposite input and the rudder/vertical fin came off. With the aircraft in an uncontroled yaw, the airspeed pitot tubes would not be headed into the airstream and hence give unreliable speed readouts. (831) 761-8530

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