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AF447: Map of the debris field

France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses has released this striking map of the debris field from flight AF447, the Airbus A330-200 which crashed in the South Atlantic in June 2009. Click on the map for a larger version.

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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 […]

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AF447: More compelling images

Some images you might not have seen from the search for Air France flight AF447, taken during the initial dive that located the flight-data recorder. The final image gives an indication of the extent and nature of the wreckage field in which the search team is working. All images from Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses.

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In New York, no free lunch but plenty of complimentary winglet clipping (Update)

An Air France A380 strikes and rotates a Delta Connection CRJ700 at New York JFK. Screenshots from NBC. The port wingtip of an Air France A380 lodged in a Delta Connection CRJ700′s horizontal stabilizer, screenshot from ABC. New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport carries the slogan “Where America greets the world.” How, exactly, does […]

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For sale: Legacy that escaped Brazilian mid-air smash

At first glance there’s nothing unusual about this newly-listed advertisement, on an aircraft marketing site, offering an Embraer Legacy business jet for sale. But this particular aircraft, N965LL, comes with a dark history. It’s the Legacy which, under its previous registration N600XL and having logged only 19 flight hours, was involved in the mid-air collision […]

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Bullet pierces jetliner, but it’s not the first time

As strange as it sounds that a stay bullet managed to pierce the fuselage of a US Airways Boeing 737-400 from Philadelphia to Charlotte and create a nickel-sized hole, it is not the first time such an incident has occurred.Granted, the last time a bullet struck a commercial jetliner in a civil environment it was […]

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Delta pilot recounts overwhelmed Japanese ATC on day of earthquake

A Delta 767-400ER departs London Heathrow. Photograph: AirSpace user apgphoto A Delta pilot has recounted what it was like to navigate air space while attempting to land a 767 in Japan on the day of the earthquake earlier this month, according to a story that is making the rounds on the web. The pilot’s 767 […]

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Libyan crash site frozen in Google Earth image

While the Libyan conflict has rendered uncertain the progress of the Afriqiyah Airways A330 crash investigation, an eerie reminder of the accident has emerged from aerial photography over Tripoli. The image update on Google Earth clearly shows the wreck of flight 8U771 just a few hundred metres from the threshold of Tripoli’s runway 09.

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Qantas staff unimpressed by John Travolta’s safety introduction

Hollywood actor John Travolta has upset crew members on Qantas in his introduction to the Australian flag carrier’s safety video. In the video that will be shown to passengers before short and long haul flights, he says: “I’ve been flying over 40 years as a pilot and I can tell you, there’s no one I’d rather have at the controls […]

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AF447: Should the flight recorder be in the fin?

As a new search effort for the wreck of flight AF447 prepares to set out this week, one of Flight International‘s readers poses the following question in our latest issue: When I saw a picture of the floating vertical tail of the Air France flight 447 Airbus A330-200 in the Atlantic Ocean, I started wondering if […]

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