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Originally posted by who-me?
Heres a post I put in the other slightly less than investigative thread on this subject..:
The following text is quote from PPRuNe Forums. (Professional Pilots Rumour Network)
I read somewhere that Air France 447's wing touched an A320 rudder in a taxi incident prior to departure. The A320's rudder was severely damaged, but AF447's A330 wingtip was not. AF447 departed, and is now missing.
First things first: Did the taxi incident occur?
Answers to big problems or issues are often simple. Here is one possibility: AF447's wing was weakened if not visibly damaged; the airplane suffered stresses during flight via flight in turbulence; the damaged, stressed wing broke off; the airplane plummeted into the sea.
What supports this?
1. Alleged taxi incident involving A320 and AF447.
2. Alleged time delay of four minutes from altitude to impact.
3. No calls from the pilots.
4. Sudden spurt of messages sent to base: multiple system failures.
5. Item 3. and 4. indicate an inflight breakup.
6. Airplanes don't fall out of the sky for no reason.
[edit on 2/6/2009 by who-me?]Added quote tags for clarity.
[edit on 2/6/2009 by who-me?]
Originally posted by Harlequin
reply to post by CaptainObvious321
apparantly you haven`t read this thread , or seen an ocean
if a carrier group can get lost at sea and be difficult to spot - a tiny little aircraft is far easier
anyway they have faound some wreckage - which is really quick.
his would be 004's last transmission. Some twelve minutes later, while climbing through FL240, 004's target disappeared from Bangkok Control's radar screen. Further radio calls from Bangkok went unanswered. Shortly afterwards, Thailand's Department of Aviation's Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a call from from a remote police outpost reporting that people from a mountain village had reported hearing and seeing an aircraft explode in the air and fall into the jungle.
Study of the engine cowlings began to reveal a picture of the accident. Inside the cowling of the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines are rub strips which function as air seals for the fan blades and during takeoff, when maximum aerodynamic forces act on the cowling, the blades lightly touch the strip, creating a rub. Investigation of 004's engines showed that there was a much deeper than normal rub in the cowling and it was down from the top of the cowl, indicating a nosedown pitch moment sometime in flight. Most astonishing however was the finding that the port engine thrust reverser was in the deployed position.