Aviation News

July 4, 2009

Air France 447 Crash Investigators Release Interim Report

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France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) has published an interim report on the investigation of the June 1st crash of Air France 447.

Some notable points:

  • Exception is taken that it took 9 hours between Air France receiving ACARS failure messages from the doomed plane and the first rescue efforts being launched.
  • Debris shows significant compression, as if the aircraft hit the water intact at very high speed, nose down.
  • Analysis of the weather conditions from the time of the accident reveals nothing particularly severe for that area.