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The ABC has the picture: Air France tail fin recovered

The Brazilian navy has recovered a large tail section of the Air France flight that crashed off Brazil’s north-east coast a week ago.

The tail fin is one of the biggest pieces of debris to have been recovered and could prove to be one of the most significant.

The aircraft’s black box flight recorders were reportedly mounted in the tail section of the plane and the discovery of the fin could help investigators narrow the underwater search for the devices.

CBS notes that as of today a total of 24 bodies have been recovered.

The US is sending some specialized equipment that is designed to locate the signals sent out by the data recorders. These probes have been used to locate them in deep water in the past. The search area can also be reduced based on the large collection of debris located and the charts of the currents in the area.

The vertical stabilizer appears to have been ripped whole off the fuselage. There are ways to determined how it came off with good confidence based on the changes of the materials where it was detached from the aircraft.


1 Kryten42 { 06.10.09 at 9:35 am }

Our news tonight reported that the French authorities are also investigating a terrorist connection after finding the names of two known terrorists on the passenger list. Hmmm. The french obviously have Americans running their security. 😉

OT: Jon Stewart had a very interesting intervew with the author of a book called ‘Seeds of Terror’, Gretchen Peters. It was quite interesting. (Also a segment on FOX being the total hypocrites that everyone knows they are, but it was funny anyway! And CNBC are a bunch of losers, etc). 😉

The Daily Show – June 8, 2009

2 Bryan { 06.10.09 at 11:56 am }

“Known terrorists” these days includes pensioners who made to donations to charities to fund hospitals for those wounded by bombs that missed their target.

France has a conservative government. You expect competence from Sarkozy?

I have a hard time understanding why anyone accepts anything broadcast on American corporate media outlets. The CEOs aren’t interested in the facts if they intrude on the conventional wisdom of the boardroom or cocktail party circuit.