Air France flight data recorder memory unit recovered

The flight data recorder from an Air France plane that crashed in 2009 off the coast of Brazil has been recovered, officials say.
France’s Bureau of Investigation (BEA) said the memory unit of the device was “in good physical condition”.

French deep-sea robots have resumed searching for the airliner’s cockpit voice recorder.
The Air France Airbus A330 plane went down in the Atlantic on 1 June 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

Vital data still missing

Last week the French search team found the outer casing of the flight data
recorder, but not its memory unit. The crucial unit was located on Sunday and
delivered to a search vessel.

The wreckage was discovered last month after a long search of 10,000 sq km
(3,860 sq miles) of sea floor.

It was found only on a fourth attempt, using robots capable of operating
4,000m (13,120ft) below the ocean’s surface.

The Paris-bound Air France jet went down after running into an intense
high-altitude thunderstorm, four hours following take-off from Rio de Janeiro.

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Visiting Dubai : best pictures that I took during my last stay there

During my last stay in Dubai, I took more than 400 pictures (mainly landscapes).

Between them : Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Palm Jumeira, Ski Dubai and Atlantis.

 I’ve just finished to sort them and I selected some to present you.

Enjoy (by mouse-over clicking this text or the picture bellow) !

Deep sea subs will likely find missing Air France 447 black boxes


Fifteen months after an Air France jumbo jet inexplicably dropped out of the sky over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people on board…….

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Inflight videos (Take-off and landing) – Orly International Airport

My dear friends,

From my last travel to Spain, I posted 2 video inflight files that were taken by myself during :

Take-off : AIR FRANCE FLIGHT AF-7488 (Orly to Biarritz)
Landing : AIR FRANCE FLIGHT AF-7487 (Biarritz to Orly)

In both cases, it is possible to see my house (the white building) off into the landscape, just after take-off and also just before landing.

Enjoy and have a nice week-end !

France considers new search of AF447 black boxes

France considers new search of AF447 black boxes < French news | Expatica France.

It happened last night during the flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris

People flying the route from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Paris are not lucky.

One year after the tragedy that killed 228 people (see my blog) , an another event hit the passengers:

Please read this press article:

One Year Ago: A thought to the victims of AF-447 (Flight Rio de Janeiro –> Paris)

Families honor Air France crash victims a year on
Families mourned in more than a dozen languages and the Air France choir performed Verdi’s Requiem in a ceremony Tuesday honoring the 228 people killed when a Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean a year ago.

Robert Soulas was one of about 1,000 relatives attending a ceremony at the Paris Floral Park and the unveiling of a monument to honor the victims of Flight 447 at the French capital’s renowned Pere Lachaise cemetery.

He told The Associated Press that his biggest hope is that the flight recorders are found, and with them answers.

“Our emotion is more intense than ever because we don’t have many answers,” said Soulas, who lost his daughter in the crash.

Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau promised that the investigation into why the plane crashed will continue. He said he will set up a group to meet regularly with families to inform them of progress.

Tuesday’s ceremony was translated into 15 languages, and texts were read by a rabbi, a priest, a pastor, an imam, as well as relatives and Air France personnel.

In the afternoon, flowers were laid at a monument inscribed with 228 birds, representing the victims. A similar memorial was inaugurated last year in Rio de Janeiro.

The flight crashed June 1, 2009 after running into a strong thunderstorm.

A third, euro13 million ($15.8 million) search effort ended last week and failed to find the flight recorders.

Search teams have failed to find the “black box” voice and data recorders. Without those, investigators may never learn why the plane crashed in a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean, in depths of up to 4,000 meters (13,120 feet).

Automatic messages sent by the plane’s computers just before it crashed show it was receiving false air speed readings from airplane sensors known as Pitot tubes. Investigators have insisted that the crash was likely caused by a series of failures and not just the Pitot tubes.

Air France CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon and President Jean-Cyril Spinetta were present along with 200 Air France staff.

In Rio de Janeiro, about 80 people — family members, friends, Air France workers and France’s ambassador to Brazil, Yves Saint-Geours — somberly filed into a Catholic church in the Ipanema beachside neighborhood to mark the anniversary of the accident.

“I feel so bad, it was such a tragedy,” said a weeping Ligia Valle, whose niece, Luciana Seba, died in the accident. “Her body was never found. I miss her physical presence so much.”

After the ceremony in the church, family members planned to gather at a memorial in a park overlooking the ocean.

Welcome to my new blog in WordPress !

My dear friends and relatives,

I am begining to blog this evening (tuesday June 23rd 2010)

I will let you know some parts of my life hehehe


I’m Michel A., a french man from Antony (South Paris), France

More details are here by mouse-over my portrait picture

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