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Memory module from AF447 found

Memory module from AF447 found

It will be more than a week according to investigators before the memory module from the flight data recorder on Air France AF447 can be opened. The core of the device was found overnight at the mid Atlantic crash site of the Airbus A330-200, which went down after flying into a belt of severe thunderstorms […]

AF447’s critical tail components recovered

AF447’s critical tail components recovered

The recovery of a large part of the tail of the Air France A330-200 from the mid-Atlantic crash site is of critical importance in determining the sequence of events that caused the disaster. These images show the rudder still attached to the vertical stabiliser, but with broken attachment points where the assembly would have been […]

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

The US Federal Aviation Administration or FAA has put up a new resource on Lessons Learned from major crashes. So far there are 11 accidents on the website with plans to expand it to 40. With several of them outside the US already on the list it is possible that an Australian accident that changed […]

QF 72 made shorter but nasty dives

QF 72 made shorter but nasty dives

Some early surprises have emerged from the black box flight recorders that have been read at the ATSB headquarters in Canberra. The flight data recorder shows that the initial uncommanded climb above the cruise altitude of 37,000 feet was 200 feet, not 300 as previously indicated in briefings. The first dive was 650 feet in […]