Why is the AF447 search using our A321 cutaway?

Clearly visible in the background of this video about the AF447 flight-recorder retrieval is a cutaway drawing from Flightglobal‘s extensive collection of similar illustrations.

But it’s a curious choice, the reason for which isn’t entirely clear: the aircraft in the diagram is not an Airbus A330, as might be expected, but an A321 – as the original image shows:

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7 Responses to Why is the AF447 search using our A321 cutaway?

  1. bearfoil 7 May, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    A nugget of gold found in the river looks very much like any other, they are generic. An Airbus planform, (or Boeing, etc) looks virtually identical to any other, and the searchers are not forensic engineers. They are charged with finding an a/c in the Atlantic; for their purposes, any pictorial of a twin in modern service will suffice. What other a/c of generic 447 description will they be looking for? I venture to say that 447 is the only a/c in the vicinity…

  2. David Kaminski-Morrow 7 May, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I take your point, and perhaps the reason is that simple.

    But the video clearly shows a couple of other generic diagrams which appear to be A330s (how many do they need, especially since the wreck had already been located?). And, in any case, those on the vessel are senior accident investigators and flight recorder specialists – hardly short of basic airframe knowledge. If a more detailed diagram is necessary – for parts recognition – then surely it makes little sense to use the A321 as a reference?

  3. bearfoil 7 May, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    A given, naturally. I am a professional cynic, and I understand the nature of your opinion. I think on anyone’s list of the unusual in this case, would be the Brazilians’ “reluctance” to release autopsies to the French. I am not given to chauvinism, but the French conduct their business such that it is virtually always the case that in case of screw up, someone is to blame who is not French.

  4. Ken Ramonet 9 May, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Sir, how can you make such an error-filled blanket statement to the effect that all French investigations are structured so as to blame a non-French person? What you say is patently untrue, without any semblance of foundation and demonstrates a marked anti-French bias that hobbles and renders your opinions as ridiculous.

    Stop playing a tired and broken record that has no basis in reality.

  5. alain 11 May, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I agree with bearfoil. I am French and I know exactly what goes on in the French administration.

    If anyone is accused, it will be someone foreign if that is at all possible. Look at Concorde genesse. Air France had not made the undercarriage modifications which would prevent the tyre explosion and rupture of fuel tanks but still it was someone else’s fault.

    British Airways made the modifications . . . curious, no?

  6. Gerry Gant 12 May, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    alain: I think the French authorities had determined that AF had already paid its fair compensation for its mistakes, so they concentrated on the other party

  7. Nikolay 2 June, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Certainly, It was a pilot’s mistake. Most likely,they did not have enough experience of flying in similar situation.

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