Air France regrets to announce that it has lost contact with flight AF 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, expected to arrive this morning at 11:15 local time. The flight left Rio on 31 May at 7pm local time. 216 passengers are on board. There are 12 crew members on board: 3 pilots and 9 cabin crew.
I remember the first time I heard the story about Flight 447 on the news, I joked: “wow here comes the beginning of World War III, somebody shot down a passenger plane and now there will be retaliation…” I didn’t pay much attention anymore after that, basically due to the fact that all the information was so evasive and confusing. But then this morning I came across an email from a colleague with the subject line reading: Did a Missile Bring Down France Flight 447?
Obviously this got my attention, and after reading it I decided to look into the story of Flight 447 again… What I’ve come across has been very confusing…
Flight 447- shot down by a missile? From Reuters:
A Spanish newspaper said a transatlantic airline pilot reported seeing a bright flash of white light at the same time the Air France flight disappeared.
“Suddenly we saw in the distance a strong, intense flash of white light that took a downward, vertical trajectory and disappeared in six seconds,” the pilot of an Air Comet flight from Lima to Madrid told his company, the El Mundo newspaper reported. “We did not hear any communication on any emergency or air to air frequency either before or after this event.”
Flight 447 – victim of extreme turbulences or decompression?
The most cited “possible reason” for flight 447′s mysterious disappearance comes up as the weather conditions. On wattsupwiththat.com there is a long weather analysis: “”
Flight 447 – missing debris found… or not?
Flight 447 taken down by terrorists? The Huffington Post reports:
A rather eerie coincidence: five days before Air France Flight 447 tragically crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after leaving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an Air France flight from Argentina to Paris was delayed due to a bomb threat.
On May 27, Argentina’s Momento 24 reported that the airline had received a bomb threat over the phone. Police and firemen inspected the plane but found nothing.
Flight 447 – questions and more questions. From Charles Bremner on Times Online:
Modern airliners do not just vanish in mid-flight. That was certainly the first reaction to the news of the disappearance of the Airbus en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris yesterday. Planes missing in storms sounded like something from the old days of oceanic flight, not the world of satellite links and automated flight systems.
Flight 447 Video discussing possible conspiracy theory
Flight447.com domain name mystery reported on FillMedia:
“…the domain name flight447.com was purchased in September 2007. The link to the site today karimmovies.com, proposing to view a film on interreligious conflict in Jerusalem. Many people, we do relatively the substance of the sometimes sickening, developing theories related to the situation in the Middle East.”
One thing is for sure, in all this confusion the only certainty is uncertainty…
What do you think about Flight 447? Discuss!