Black box from Flight 447 has been recovered

by Jonathan on May 1, 2011

We may be closer to knowing exactly why Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic on a trip from Brazil to France on the night of July 1, 2009.

The memory unit that could hold the answers to all the questions of flight 447 was recovered from the crash site on Sunday. the news was announced by the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA).

The Remora 6000, a remote controlled submarine located the memory unit on Sunday morning. 6 hours later, the memory unit was lifted on board the search ship Ile de Sein.

On Wednesday, the Remora 6000 found the orange-colored flight data recorder’s chasis. Unfortunately, the memory unit was not attached when it was found.

Hopefully the data on the memory unit is still intact and it will be used to officially determine what caused flight 447 to crash. Already though, some people are skeptical that the memory unit contains readable information because it has been submerged so far down below the ocean’s surface for over 23 months.

Phil Seymour, a British aviation consultant with the International Bureau of Aviation said “If you were to throw a computer into the ocean, imagine how all the parts would eventually split and you have the corrosive effects of seawater and the depths involved…It may be that the more wreckage they find will help them to piece it all together, which bit by bit could help them build a picture of what caused the plane to come down”.

Martine Del Bono, a spokeswoman for the BEA believes otherwise. She thinks that there is a good chance that the memory unit still holds retrievable data. We hope so.

The world needs to know what caused Flight 447 to crash. I’m very happy that all parties involved were persistent and never gave up. Hopefully we will learn the true answer soon.

Thank you to all that sent this in.

via BEA, MSNBC, CNN

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