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Old 02. Jul 2009, 05:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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.....but this seems to be one of the most stupid comments I've ever read. It was made by the Chief French Air Accident Investigator responsible for looking into the loss of Air France flight 447.

He said an examination of the recovered wreckage led them to believe the plane probably hit the water "in the direction of flight and with a strong vertical acceleration".

I don't know how much they pay this guy but I'm guessing it's a lot. On the basis that most large jets would find it very difficult to fly against the direction of flight, and the fact that they were coming down would certainly make this trajectory "vertical" then the French authorities could save a lot of money by giving this guy's job to a trained Orangutan!
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Old 02. Jul 2009, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It certainly is just you.
He's correcting the original story which said the plane broke up before it hit the water. The fact that it was vertical is very significant (no glide effect).
It was travelling in the direction of the flight plan, rather than showing any deviation.
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Old 03. Jul 2009, 11:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This is where my confusion is. Every report I've read says such an aircraft cannot come straight down from 30,000 feet without breaking up on the way because the structural stresses are too great. How then could this one have come down vertically without doing so? I'm also at a loss as to how they knew it was traveling according to the flight plan when other aircraft in the area were all taking avoiding action in both height and direction to miss the turbulence, and flight 447 was not within anyone's radar coverage for some time before the event?

I'm still of the opinion that this person is talking merely to hear the sound of his own words with no basis for the content. The truth is that unless the flight recorders are recovered (and readable) we will never know what happened. The bride from the honeymoon couple who died and one of the teachers were from the university here in Teresopolis where my wife works and this sort of speculative contradiction does nothing to help the sadness which is still very much alive in this relatively small community.
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