Investigators into last June’s Air France crash in the Atlantic have launched the third phase of the operation to recover the Airbus 330’s flight recorders.
The wreckage recovered until now has yielded no clues as to why it plunged, seemingly intact, into the sea, killing 228 people. There is also mystery as to why flight 447 flew straight into violent thunderstorms other planes in the area were avoiding.
“We are hopeful, and confident. The recorders can resist depts of up to 6000 meters, and it’s possible to extract their data after many weeks underwater,” said Alain Bouillard of the French Office of Inquiries and Analysis.
The team are hopeful the recorders, if found, will still have intact data despite the long immersion. They have narrowed down the search area and have new equipment that they believe can do the job.
Investigators already know the pilots were receiving false airspeed readings from their sensors, which may have contributed to the crash.