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Hopefully it's still in good condition to retrieve data. Has there been anything done to secure the black-boxes even more since the incident?
post #12 of 49
AF Flight 447 went missing after flying through a very large thunderstorm.
post #13 of 49
Wow, has it really been a year?
post #14 of 49
The destination airport just pretty much got on the intercomm and just announced out loud that they lost contact with the plane. Cant imagine what a blow that was to people waiting to see who ever thy were waiting on.
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I'm sure we'll never know what truly happened. Just like everything else.
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post #16 of 49
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post
I agree. If only there was some kind of memory unit on the plane that recorded this kind of thing that could be recovered later on.
There are. One is a FDR (Flight Data Recorder aka the "black box") that records all the control surface inputs (such as rudder and aileron) and other data such as airspeed, altitude, G-forces, etc...
The other box is a CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) which does what it says on the tin
Both can withstand upto 310mph impact velocity and will survive as deep as 20,000ft below the surface. They stop emitting a tracking beacon after 30 days, which is why after 30 days the probability of finding them drastically reduces, but not entirely impossible.

There was an unofficial Air Crash Investigation documentary last year, where they took into account the weather condition's (the aircraft was struck by lightening, which is what caused the Airbus to send a warning message to ATC as a default failsafe built in by the manufacturer) and they came to the conclusion that super chilled water had built up in the pitot tubes (the tubes that air rushed into and is used to generate an airspeed reading) eventually leading to a loss of altitude because the pilots assumed they were losing speed. Piloting 101, to gain speed you lower the nose of the aircraft or increase throttle inputs. They lowered the nose, not realising the air turbulence had already cost them altitude. Eventually they crashed into the water.
Add to this the fact the flight crew were new to the aircraft with I think less than 100 hours combined between the captain and the first officer, so their inexperience on the airbus flight deck played a part as well.

post #17 of 49
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Originally Posted by AdmiralThrawn View Post
Wow, has it really been a year?
2 Years.

This crash was all over the news for a long time.

As for the reason, I say Aliens did it.
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is the plane that crashed into Brazilian waters?
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Air France Flight 447 was a scheduled airline flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June 2009, killing all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew.[3] Investigators have not yet determined a cause of the accident, but preliminary investigation found that the crash may have involved an icing-over of its air-speed sensors – called pitot tubes – during the flight, which would have led to inaccurate airspeed data,[4] although this claim has been contested.[5]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_447
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I can pretty much guess how the last few moments went. Unofficial reenactment by maelthras. "OH GOD PLEASE, WERE GOING TO DIE. I WISH I ST...." The last part was cut off by the crash. At last that's how my last few moments would have gone.
That's not funny :/
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