Air France Flight 447 – Commercial Ships Race To Assist

John Konrad
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June 2, 2009


Air France Flight 447 Lightning
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Brazilian Air Force and Navy assets are currently being deployed to the crash zone of Air France Flight 447 .

The BBC tells us:

Some oil, a plane seat and other items were sighted 650km (400 miles) north-east of Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha island, the Brazilian air force said.

The find can only be confirmed once the items are retrieved and the first navy boat is not due to arrive until Wednesday.

While it has yet to be confirmed that the debris is from the Airbus, it was spotted in a region of the ocean consistent with its flight path. The jet was heading from Brazil to Paris when it vanished early on Monday. 

The mini-subs on the Pourquoi Pas can work at depths of up to 6,000m and the area where the plane disappeared has maximum depths of 4,700m (19,700 ft), French naval experts told AFP news agency. 

France is also sending a research ship equipped with two mini-submarines to the search area.

Searchers now planned to focus their efforts on collecting the debris and trying to identify it, the spokesman said.

Col Amaral was also quoted by the Associated Press as saying a life jacket had been spotted amid the debris. “The locations where the objects were found are towards the right of the point where the last signal of the plane was emitted,” he said. 

“That suggests that it might have tried to make a turn, maybe to return to Fernando de Noronha, but that is just a hypothesis.”

At least two cargo ships in the area have been asked to go where the debris was found and are expected to arrive soon, Brazilian officials said. Continue Reading…

With the Brazilian Navy not expected to arrive until late Wednesday and aircraft having limited ability to remain in the area with fuel Commercial Vessels in the area are enroute to the scene to initiate the recovery. 

gCaptain has confirmed that AMVER (Twitter account @AMVER), the voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea, data has been used to help find and dispatch ships in the area of the crash.

Brazilian media confirms the names of the vessels providing assistance are the Lexa Maersk, Jo Cedar,UAL Texas, Stolt Inspiration with the farthest just 72 kilometers (45 miles) from the crash site.

Flight 447 Crash Maps


This map shows the general location of the crash site estimated to be about 410 miles (650 kilometers) beyond the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

Air France Flight 447 - Flight Path

This is the official Air France drawing showing the flight path of Flight 447 overlaid with the location of the last radar contact.

Flight 447 Nearby Ships

This map, from the website, shows the VOS ships in the area including the Lexa Maersk, Jo Cedar and UAL Texas. 
Stay tuned for more information on the vessels providing assistance. 

For the latest developments on this story follow @AMVER and @gCaptain on Twitter.

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