French call off search for Air France 447’s black boxes

Posted on 24. Aug, 2009 by in Featured

BEA, the French Aviation Investigative Agency has called off the search for AF-447’s black boxes. The Airbus 330-200 crashed into the Atlantic May 31st. It had automatically sent a series of failure codes (24 in 15 minutes) to Air France maintenance via the aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS). These codes seemed to detail a series of flight control failures and then airframe failure. The debris field also seemed to verify this theory. BEA has pointed to the pitot system however add the caveot; “a factor but not the cause“. There have been two similar pitot failure incidents with the A 330-200 aircraft and one with a 320, since the mishap, all landed safely.

Apparently the 10 day delay getting on station, by the French Navy, was critical. I guess they should have accepted the offer of help from the US Navy. It is apparent to me that the cause will never “officially” be found. Six hundred A330/340 series aircraft continue to fly passengers every day.

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