Search ships head to new AF447 search zone

by Jonathan on March 30, 2010

REMUS 6000Two search ships have left the city of Recife, Brazil and are on their way to the location of the third search for debris and flight and data recorders of Air France flight 447.

Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic last on June 1 while traveling from Brazil to France, killing all 228 on board.

The two search ships, a U.S. and Norwegian, left Recife on Monday and are expected travel for 2 days before reaching the search zone.

This new search will last approximately 30 days and will use sonar equipped robot submarines and sonar machines dragged on cables underwater to search an area over 770-square miles.

The Autonomous undersea vehicles will be operated from the Norwegian ship, the M/V Seabed Worker, which will also be equipped with the Triton XLX remotely operated vehicle. The M/V Anne Candies, a ship out of New Orleans, will be used to tow the side scan sonar Orion and the CURV21 ROV, which will both be operated for the U.S. Navy by Phoenix International.

The autonomous underwater vehicles used in this search are designed and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institue in Massachusetts. They are called REMUS 6000 and have incredible capabilities.

The vehicles can operate in depths up to 19,685 feet or 3.73 miles (6000 meters) and can remain submerged for up to 20 hours at a time, and the are estimated to scan about 30 square miles per day.

Last week, BEA head Jean-Paul Troadec said that there was a good chance of finding the wreckage of flight 447.

Locating the flight data and voice recorders is crucial to solving the mystery of flight 447.

Associated Press
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Photo: Mike Purcell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

  • Ellis Traub

    Not long after the disappearance of AF447, I wrote to the leaders of the investigative team(s) and to our own FAA referring them to a paper I had written in the mid-60's, when I was flying for Eastern Air Lines. This paper offered an explanation for a spate of similar events at the time and was published by my company in its own internal newsletter. (See

    After all of this time, with no appreciable results, I continue to believe that the theory I advanced in this paper (as sophomorically and simplistically as it may have been written when I was much younger) provides a singularly credible explanation of the event. It's particularly cogent when I now read that a number of other similar events have occurred.

    To my disappointment, I have had not a single acknowledgment of my suggestion from any party. Nor has anyone out of the more than 300 readers on Scribd refuted it either.

    It's hard to believe that no one with any authority in the probe has read it—that it was discarded summarily. And it's equally difficult to believe that, in as serious a matter as this, all possible explanations might not be considered or some rejected because they didn't come from some official source.

  • Kevin

    I really hope that this third search produces results. We need to know what happened.

  • claudio

    I'm pretty sure they are not gonna find anything though.I hope I'm wrong though.

  • Annie

    I haven't been an a plane since that flight – it has really freaked me out. I know it's one in a million, million, million but until they figure it out, I'm uneasy.

  • jmilua

    From the look of it, this whole horrorful tragedy has its marks of sinister involvement.
    From a spiritual perspective, it has got to do with the Devil. How, one might ask?
    Any one of those (esp adults) in the ill – fated flight who have been to witch – doctors for help/needs, involved with & carrying talisman or involved with occult acitvities offering their souls tothe Devil in return for favours.
    From spiritual perspectives, accidents very horrifying in any manner has got to do with the Devil.
    Naturally, people will say/argue that its very natural due to natural malfunction (of Aircraft) or human failure on the part of the pilots. But it could or could not be..
    But reading about this tragedy in detail, portrays none other than demonic involvement.
    We must know that the Devil is a liar & a murderer.
    Jesus & Mary Reigns Forever

  • Gus Audiber

    An international search to locate the black box recorders from an Air France plane that crashed near Brazil last year killing 228 people has so far proved inconclusive, French officials said on Friday.

    Air France flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris crashed into the sea on June 1, 2009, killing everyone on board.

    The families of the victims hope the black box recorders from the Airbus A330 plane will be found in order to shed light on the disaster.

    So far, the search has cost 9 million euros ($12.10 million) and French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau said on Friday he would ask the country’s BEA body — the authority in charge of investigating air accidents — to continue its investigation.

    The BEA plans to issue an update on the situation on May 4.

    A search last year found several pieces of wreckage and 50 bodies but the black box flight recorders have not been recovered and the causes of the crash remain unexplained.


  • Gus Audiber


    The BEA press release:

    "" I doubt they would be able to get anything out of those black boxes anymore, they have been in the sea water for too long now. ""

    If they stay watertight .. they can seat many years under water and give valuables clues when discovered


  • Gus Audiber


    The BEA press release:

    "" I doubt they would be able to get anything out of those black boxes anymore, they have been in the sea water for too long now. ""

    If they stay watertight .. they can seat many years under water and give valuables clues when discovered


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