Was AF447 heading back to Brazil when it crashed?

by Jonathan on May 7, 2010

Air France A330-200 F-GZCP

According to an annonymous French government official, Air France flight 447 may have been trying to return to Brazil when it crashed into the Atlantic. The new developement was reported by the French newspaper Le Figaro on Friday.

The new search area is located about 23 miles (37 kilometers) south-west of the last know location of the Airbus A330 on the night of June 1. According to the government official, “that means it was lost and according to procedures, should have turned around, either to leave a storm are or head back to Brazil”.

To Air France pilots who were interviewed on Thursday night, the new search location isn’t a definitive indication that the plane had turned around to head back to Brazil or to leave the storm. To them, it could be a sign that the plane stalled and went into a spin before crashing into the ocean.

Yesterday investigators revealed that they had narrowed down the area where they believed the black boxes might be located. The areas where they were previously searching were located north of the last known location of AF447.

For more information you can read Le Figaro (French). For an Engligh translation, go to the above link, copy the contents of the article and paste it in your favorite translation engine. For some reason, Google Translate wouldn’t translate the entire URL for me.

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