Sunday, June 07, 2009

Air France Flight 447: Wreckage and human remains recovered, search continues

AF447The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) released photos today of some debris believed to be wreckage from the Air France Airbus A330-200 that disappeared over the Atlantic nearly a week ago. While some debris found early this past week turned out not to have been from the accident aircraft, at least some of the most recently recovered wreckage is identifiable as having come from an Air France aircraft.

The item shown in the photo on this page appears to be a piece of a mobile crew rest unit of the sort used on A340 and A330 aircraft. Such removable crew rest units are located on the lower deck (i.e., cargo hold) of the aircraft for use by crew members during long haul flights. Here is a link to a photo of a similar mobile crew rest unit on a Lufthansa aircraft. [Tip of the hat to @naugusta for posting that link on Twitter.]

Brazilian and French salvage teams searching at sea for wreckage from Air France Flight 447 have found humans remains among the debris. As of this afternoon, 17 bodies had been recovered. They have not yet been identified.

A total of 228 people perished in the accident. The search and recovery effort will continue.

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