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It is being reported that debris from the crash of Air France flight AF447 has been found over a distance of more than 300 kilometers. If confirmed, that would suggest that the plane broke up at high altitude. There were no survivors.
Two days after the crash, which took place in the middle of the Atlantic, French daily Le Figaro reports that a source close to the enquiry has revealed that the debris found is spread over a very large area.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
reply to post by tristar
Is it possible that lightning could cause structural damage in the air, and the change in pressure could cause a rip or a hole?
Originally posted by dallas18
sounding more like a bomb..
time will tell ! not good !
The last contact with the aircraft was at 02:14 UTC, four hours after take-off, when its avionics automatically transmitted several messages via ACARS
The first of these messages, at 2:10 UTC, reportedly indicated that the autopilot had disengaged and the fly-by-wire computers had switched to an alternate program used in the event of multiple system failures.
Next, the aircraft transmitted several messages indicating failures of the Air Data Inertial Reference Unit, the Integrated Standby Instrument System (a backup system providing basic flight instruments), and the master units of the primary and secondary flight control computers
The final message received, at 02:14 UTC, indicated a possible cabin depressurization
Last night Nelson Jobim, the Brazilian Defence Minister, also ruled out an explosion. A long fuel slick found at the crash site “means that it is improbable that there was a fire or explosion”, he said.
Air France said earlier that the aircraft had been struck by lightning. They ruled out terrorism but later retracted the remarks. Sabotage was not being ruled out.
Air France has released a confirmed list of the nationalities of passengers onboard the presumed crashed, Paris-bound AF447 flight
Among the 228 people believed to be on board Air France Flight 447, which went missing today over the Atlantic Ocean, was 41-year-old Erich Heine, a ThyssenKrupp AG executive