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originally posted by: [post=18842024]727Sky There will be someone come along and say they have thousands of hours in an airbus with never a problem.. To that I say 'good'... Operators the world over think highly of the aircraft now and some of the aircraft really do have long weight bearing legs... But like I might have already said, " Any machine is no better than the crew up front who know it's quirks".
originally posted by: UKWO1Phot
a reply to: Soloprotocol
Yeah that's what I thought. Something like The Day After Tomorrow when the helicopter freezes in Scotland.
Due to the extremely high tropopause (56,000 ft), cloud tops almost certainly extended to above 50,000 ft. The critical icing layer extends from 17,000 to 23,000 ft, with the -20C layer at 27,000 ft. Flight level temperature was -29C. However as evidenced by Air France 447 incident (temperature at flight level -33C), clear icing can occur in much colder temperature regimes given high levels of water loading in the cloud, and the Air France incident raises questions of whether tropical convection is particularly efficient at bringing supercooled water to higher levels.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
It's confirmed that they have found the tail section of the aircraft. They've released a picture that shows an A and an X (registration was PK-AXC), as well as some control mechanisms.
Santoso Sayogo, an investigator at the National Transportation Safety Committee, said it appeared that the flight recorders were no longer in the tail.
"We received an update from the field that the pinger locator already detected pings," he told Reuters. "We have our fingers crossed it is the black box. Divers need to confirm. Unfortunately it seems it's off from the tail. But the divers need to confirm the position."
The tail was found on Wednesday, upturned on the sea bed about 30 km (20 miles) from the plane's last known location at a depth of around 30 metres.