About AF 447
This site was created to gather information on Air France flight 447 (AF 447). The Air France flight disappeared off the coast of Brazil on Sunday, May 31 2009. The flight was carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members for a total of 228 people on board.
Air France Flight 447 was a scheduled international flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France, that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered on June 2. All of the 228 people on board are presumed dead.
The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200 (tail number F-GZCP). It departed Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport on May 31, 2009 at 7:03pm local time (22:03 UTC). It was due to arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport 11 hours later. Brazilian ground controllers last received human contact with the flight deck 3 hours and 30 minutes into the flight, just as the plane was preparing to cross the Atlantic and approaching the edge of the Brazilian radar surveillance, en-route to the Senegalese coast of West Africa where it would regain radar coverage. Forty minutes later, a series of ACARS messages which lasted roughly 4 minutes were received from the plane, which indicated electrical and cabin pressurization problems with the aircraft.
A search for the aircraft was initiated after it failed to make contact with air traffic control on either continent and also when it failed to appear on the Senegalese radar.
Brazilian Air Force planes involved in the search of the aircraft and passengers spotted debris on the morning on June 2, 2009. A passing French merchant vessel later confirmed that the debris was from the missing airliner. The French has dispatched the research ship Pourquoi Pas?, to the area where the aircraft went down. The research vessel is equipped with two mini submarines that are capable of performing searches at the 3 mile depth of the seabed where the plane went down.
The aircraft was carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members in two cabins of service. This accident makes it the deadliest disaster for Air France, surpassing the Air France flight 4590 in 2000 that killed 109 people.
The cause of the crash remains unknown and the expectation of recovering the flight recorders are low.