The press conference is still going on. It’s being given head of investigation Alain Bouillard. Not a huge amount to say, but here it is so far.
He says: “As of today we are far from having any real idea of the causes of this accident.”
- No pre-existing faults reported by crew or ACARS
- Aircraft did experience inconsistent speed indications
- Aircraft “was not destroyed while it was in flight and the aircraft seems to have hit the water on bottom of fuselage with a sharp vertical acceleration” – derived from damage to recovered parts, especially galleys
- The aircraft reached the sea whole – it had not been damaged at that point
- Aircraft did not blow up in flight
- More than 640 pieces of debris found from all over the aircraft. Notably internal furnishings.
- No distress call of any type
- No inflated lifejackets been recovered
- Black box pingers last for 30 days nominal with up to 10 days possible after that
- Search with submarines and robots to continue to 10 July
- Second phase using different techniques to begin 14 July
- Other aircraft encountered storms and diverted by 10-80nm and all had trouble communicating with Dakar.
More to come