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AirAsia #QZ8501: Search focussing near Pulau Belitung. Aircraft had normal flight.

AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320 PK-AXF.

Some more details about AirAsia Indonesia missing flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore. The flight took-off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 05:35 (WIB Western Indonesia time which is UTC +7 hours). The flight lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 06:24 (WIB, 04:54 IST 23:24-1 UTC) about 42 minutes in to the flight. Severe weather in the …

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Possible debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370 found?

Malaysia Airlines MH370 possible debris sighting near Australia search area map

Twelve days after the disappearance of the Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO flight MH370, has the search effort involving thousands of people from 26 different nations, found debris from the plane? Australian prime minister Tony Abbott informed his parliament that “new and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian …

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 incident reminds of Air France AF447 crash

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRL. Sister of 9M-MRO which crashed #MH370 and 9M-MRD which crashed #MH17.

In a case of history repeating itself, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing early on Saturday morning en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and still remains to be located four days later, reminds one of Air France flight AF447 which crashed five years earlier in 2009 while on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. There are significant …

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER #MH370 goes missing

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO MH370 Kuala Lumpur Beijing flight crash

Update 3 – March 8 – 14:30 IST Malaysia Airlines issued another statement at 16:20 Malaysia time (UTC +8), 13:50 IST, 08:20 UTC. Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or determine the whereabouts of flight MH370. Earlier today, Subang ATC had lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40am. The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the …

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BEA’s final report on the crash of Air France AF-447

Image courtesy BEA France’s Bureau of Investigations and Analysis’ (BEA) submitted its final report on the crash of Air France flight AF-447 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all 228 passengers and crew on-board. The final report essentially re-states what has already been released till date. The crash commenced with ice crystals blocking the pitot tubes, sending false …

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Air India Mangalore accident highlights need for an independent accidents investigator

Ever since the unfortunate crash of Air India Express’ Boeing 737-800 VT-AXV at Mangalore Bajpe, I have been inundated by requests across the world to comment and even speculate about the crash and possible causes. Over the last few days we see all kinds of high energy stories in the media, be it speculating on reasons for the crash, or …

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EASA proposes Airworthiness Directive on Airbus A330/A340 Thales pitot probes

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a Proposal for an Airworthiness Directive (PAD) requiring all Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft currently equipped with Thales pitot probes should be equipped with Goodrich pitot probes on position 1 (Captain) and 3 (Standby) instead, while pitot probe 2 (first officer) should be upgraded to the enhanced Thales pitot probe type BA …

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Aero-Instruments Pitot Probe approved by FAA for use on Airbus aircraft

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Aero-Instruments 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe as a replacement part on Airbus Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340 series airplanes airplanes flown worldwide. Each Airbus commercial aircraft has three Pitot Probes, which are the primary air speed sensing components on aircraft and are designed with integrated electrical heaters to prevent icing. …

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Air France #AF447: BEA initial report; real-time transmission of flight data

A lot has been interpreted over France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) initial findings in to the crash of Air France AF-447 from Rio to Paris. I do not want to add to the interpretation. Two good starting points for Bangalore Aviation readers. The official initial report of the BEA which can be downloaded in PDF format here. Simon Hradeck’s …

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Remains of Air France #AF447 captain identified

In a simple statement Air France said the remains of the Captain of Air France AF-447 which crashed on a flight from Rio De Janeiro to Paris Charles De Gaulle on June 1, has been identified. Among the victims found in the sea search, two members of the Air France crew have been identified: the flight captain and a steward. …

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Air France #AF447: The search so far – some great sources of information – IAG and ATI

The search and recovery operations go on for Air France AF-447, as does my search for information. Some information I recommend as well worth reading and listening. My good friend Addison Schonland at IAG has created and continues to create a nice series of articles and podcasts on AF447. A decoding and analysis of the ACARS messages A podcast of …

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Air France #AF447: Time to quell speculation as rudder is recovered

Brazil’s navy recovered a large part of F-GZCP’s vertical stabiliser better known as the rudder, yesterday. The New York Times reports, the part, bearing the trademark stripes and logo of Air France, bore no evident burn marks and had retained its triangular shape, save for a missing chunk where it appeared to have been torn from the body of the …

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Air France #AF447: Two bodies, luggage and debris recovered

Fox News is reporting that two bodies of passengers on-board the doomed Air France flight AF-447 from Rio to Paris have been recovered. The first bodies of passengers of the doomed Air France flight that plummeted into the sea have been found, Brazil’s air force said Saturday. The Brazilian military said search crews scanning the Atlantic Ocean located two male …

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Air France #AF447: Theories abound as recovered debris is not from the jet

As Brazilian authorities indicate the recently recovered debris is not from Air France AF-447, all forms of theories are popping up. One theory that faulty sensors that may have given erroneous speed indications has prompted the airplane manufacturer Airbus SAS to issue warnings to operators of all A330 aircraft. More preposterous theories abound that Air France AF447 collided with another …

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Air France #AF447: Finding answers will be difficult

The search for the debris is widening. As per Brazil’s Defence Minister Nelson Jobim the debris discovered so far is spread over 230 kilometres (140 miles) located about 640 kilometres (400 miles) north-east of the Fernando de Noronha islands. This wide debris field suggests a mid-air break-up. A deep water submersible considered key to finding the Digital Flight Data Recorder …

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A poem for the victims of Air France AF447

An extract from the poem Footsteps in the Sand by Brazilian poet Ademar de Barros which was read at the end of the inter-religious prayer ceremony for the 228 who perished on-board Air France AF447 June 1, 2009. One night, I dreamed a dream, I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from …

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A birthday, loss of Air France 447, loss of a sister — what a day

The Chinese have a saying May you live in interesting times Yesterday, June 1, 2009 was certainly interesting to say the least. The day began mixed. My son celebrated his birthday, while my sister was battling for her life in hospital. By 3:30pm (10:00Z) reports started filtering in about Air France’s flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris being …

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Air France Airbus A330 flight AF447 Rio de Janeiro to Paris missing; 228 feared lost – Update 3

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter. An Air France Airbus A330-200, registration F-GZCP performing flight AF447 which departed May 31, 2009, from Rio de Janeiro Galeão – Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Brazil (IATA: GIG ICAO: SBGL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle, France (IATA: CDG ICAO: LFPG) with 216 passengers and 12 crew, is missing and overdue at Paris for more …

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