Plane File Number BEA f-cp090601 Accident, A proximité du point TASIL, on 1 June 2009, AIRBUS - A330, F-GZCP

Accident to the Airbus A330-203 registered F-GZCP and operated by Air France occured on 06/01/2009 in the atlantic ocean

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Summary

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During the night of Sunday 31 May to Monday 1st June 2009, the Airbus A330-203 registered F-GZCP operated by Air France crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The aeroplane had taken off at 22 h 29 to undertake scheduled flight AF 447 between Rio de Janeiro Galeão and Paris Charles de Gaulle. 12 crew members (3 flight crew, 9 cabin crew) and 216 passengers, from thirty-two nationalities, were on board. The last radio communication between the crew and the Brazilian ATC took place at 1 h 35. Between 2 h 10 and 2 h 15, a position message and 24 maintenance messages were transmitted by the ACARS system. On Monday 1st June 2009 at around 7 h 45, the BEA was alerted by the Air France Operations Coordination Centre.

After having established without doubt that the airplane had disappeared in international waters, and in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and to the French Civil Aviation Code (Book VII), the BEA, as Investigation Authority of the State of Registry of the aeroplane, instituted a safety investigation and a team was formed to conduct it.

In accordance with the provisions of Annex 13, Brazilian, American, British, German and Senegalese accredited representatives were associated with the investigation as the State of the engine manufacturer (NTSB) and because they were able to supply essential information to the investigation (CENIPA, ANAC) or because they provided assistance in the sea search phases (AAIB, BFU).

Investigation Chronology

  • 1st June 2009 : Search and Rescue (SAR) operations launched and coordinated by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Recife (Brazil). Safety investigation launched.
  • 6 – 18 June 2009: the remains of fifty victims and some aeroplane parts were found by French and Brazilian naval forces.
  • 10 June – 10 July 2009: undersea searches to detect signals transmitted by the two flight recorders' emergency locator beacons.
  • 2nd July 2009: publication of the first BEA Interim Report.
  • 27 July – 17 August 2009: undersea searches with side-scan sonar and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to locate the site of the aeroplane wreckage.
  • 17 December 2009: publication of the second BEA Interim Report.
  • September 2009 – January 2010: preparatory work by an international working group for the third campaign of sea searches for the aeroplane wreckage.
  • 2nd April – 24 May 2010: third campaign of undersea searches.
  • June 2010 – February 2011: analysis of all of the data gathered during the three previous undersea search campaigns in order to define a new strategy.
  • 25 March 2011: beginning of the fourth campaign of undersea searches.
  • 3rd April 2011: discovery of the aeroplane wreckage at a depth of 3,900 m, about 6.5 NM north of the last known aeroplane position.
  • 26 April 2011 – 13 May 2011: beginning of the fifth campaign of undersea searches. The BEA team, made up of twelve investigators and experts, devoted itself to the localisation and recovery of the flight recorders, to mapping the accident site, then to recovering the aeroplane parts that were useful to the safety investigation.
  • 1st May 2011: discovery of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR).
  • 2nd May 2011: recovery of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR).
  • 3rd May 2011: discovery and recovery of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR).
  • 13 May 2011: beginning of the readout and analysis of the flight recorders at the BEA headquarters.
  • 21 May – 3rd June 2011: continuation of undersea operations. The ship and equipment made available by the BEA to representatives of the judicial authorities, which made it possible for them to recover the remains of one hundred and three victims.
  • 29 July 2011: publication of the third BEA Interim Report.
  • Beginning September – end December 2011: analysis of all aspects linked to the conduct of the flight by the "Human Factors" working group.
  • 5 July 2012: publication of the Safety Investigation Final Report.

Media


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Press Releases

Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press Release 18 June 2012

The BEA will publish the Final Report on the Safety Investigation on Thursday 5 July 2012. A media presentation will take place at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace in Le Bourget at 2.30 pm.

Journalists who wish to participate in this event are invited to confirm their presence, preferably by email, by the evening of Thursday 28 June 2012.

The following information is required in order to obtain accreditation:

family and first name,media organisation represented,press card

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, May 30 2012

The BEA will publish the Final Report of the safety investigation on Thursday, 5 July, 2012 and at the same time will hold a press briefing.

Note to the media: information on accreditation and registration will be provided in the coming weeks.

Contact : Martine Del Bono – 01 49 92 72 67 – martine.delbono@bea-fr.org


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 13 October 2011

Following the publication of Jean-Pierre Otelli's book "Erreurs de pilotage, Tome 5", the BEA notes that a chapter on the accident to the A330-203, Rio-Paris flight AF 447, which occurred on 1st June 2009, includes a part of a literal transcription of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR).

The BEA strongly condemns the disclosure of this transcription, which is a violation of Article 14 of the European Regulation of 20 October 2010 that came into effect on 2 December 2010.

This

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 30 September 2011

The BEA notes that, on a recurrent basis, working documents relating to ongoing safety investigations, containing non-validated information and covered by professional secrecy, have been divulged to the media, with aims other than those of improving aviation safety.

Because of this, the BEA takes this opportunity to remind those involved that:

the sole objective of safety investigations is to establish the precise circumstances and determine the causes of accidents or

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 7 September 2011

The BEA has just formed the « Human Factors » working group whose creation was announced at the time of the publication of the third Interim Report on the investigation into the accident to the Rio-Paris flight on 1st June 2009. 

This working group’s objective is to analyze all aspects connected to the conduct of the flight:

Crew actions and reactions during the last three phases of the flight described in the third Interim Report, in particular in relation to the stall

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 3rd August 2011

Since this morning the integrity of the BEA's investigation has been called into question following reactions to the publication of articles mentioning a modification made to the Confidential Draft Report, which had been sent to the advisers appointed by the operator, the manufacturer and the SNPL as well as to the investigation authorities participating in the investigation.

This working document contained a draft recommendation relating to the functioning of the stall

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release 25 July 2011

The third BEA Interim Report will be published on Friday 29 July 2011.

This report will present the exact circumstances of the accident with an initial analysis and some new findings based on the data recovered from the flight recorders.

At the same time, a press briefing will be organised at the BEA at 14 h 30.

Accreditation: journalists who wish to attend this press briefing must confirm their presence by the evening of Wednesday 27 July, preferably by email to martine.delbono@bea-fr.org or valerie.briol@bea-fr.org

Media contact: Martine Del Bono - +331 4992 7267 – martine.delbono@bea-fr.org


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 7 June 2011 briefing

The operations on board the Ile de Sein came to an end on the afternoon of Friday 3 June. The vessel is on its way to Las Palmas (Canary Islands) for demobilisation on 9 June.

In the course of next week, it will arrive in the port of Bayonne (south-west France), from where the airplane parts will be transferred to a hangar belonging to the DGA Techniques aéronautiques in Toulouse and the human remains taken to a forensic mortuary.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 27 May 2011 briefing

Faced with the regular disclosure of partial and often approximate information since 16 May, the BEA wished to publish this note so as to inform the families of the victims and the public about the first facts established, based on analysis of the data from the flight recorders, which started on 14 May for the FDR and 15 May for the CVR.

This note describes in a factual manner the chain of events that led to the accident and presents newly established facts. The initial

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 25 May 2011 briefing

The BEA has decided to publish a note with information on the first facts established, based on analysis of the data from the flight recorders. This note will be put on line on Friday 27 May at the beginning of the afternoon and will be available in English, French, German and Portuguese. There will be no press briefing.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release on 17 May 2011

According to an article that appeared in « Le Figaro » on the evening of Monday 16 May 2011, the « first elements extracted from the black boxes» would exonerate Airbus in the accident to the A330, flight AF 447, which killed 216 passengers and 12 crew members on 1st June 2009.

Sensationalist publication of non-validated information, whilst the analysis of the data from the flight recorders has only just started, is a violation of the respect due to the passengers and the

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 16 May 2011 briefing

Following operations to open, extract, clean and dry the memory cards from the flight recorders, BEA Safety Investigators were able to download the data over the weekend.

These operations were filmed and recorded in their entirety. This was done in the presence of two German investigators from BFU, an American investigator from NTSB, two British investigators from AAIB and two Brazilian investigators from CENIPA, as well as an officer from the French judicial police and a

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 10 May 2011 briefing

The flight recorders will be transported to the BEA during the morning of Thursday 12 May 2011. A press briefing will be organised on the BEA's premises at Le Bourget from 10 h to 12h.

At the briefing Jean-Paul Troadec, the director of the BEA, will be accompanied by Alain Bouillard, Investigator-in-Charge of the safety investigation and Christophe Menez, head of the engineering department.

Mr Philippe Vinogradoff, special representative to the AF 447 families of the

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 9 May 2011 briefing

The French Navy patrol boat La Capricieuse reached the search vessel the Ile de Sein on Saturday 7 May during the morning.

It is currently sailing towards the port of Cayenne with the flight recorders, under judicial seal, on board. Also on board are the Investigator-in-Charge, an investigator from CENIPA, the Brazilian equivalent of the BEA, and an Officer of the French judicial police. 

The patrol ship should reach Cayenne by the morning of Wednesday 11 May. The flight

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 3rd May 2011 briefing

The investigation team localized and identified the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) at 21h50 UTC on Monday 2 May, 2011. It was raised and lifted on board the Ile de Sein by the Remora 6000 ROV at 02 h 40 UTC this morning, on Tuesday 3rd May, 2011.



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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

2nd May 2011 briefing

The Remora 6000 made a further dive yesterday evening. The search operations are continuing in order to localize the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR).

After the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was raised, the BEA, as agreed, asked the French Navy to send a patrol boat to transport the recorders to Cayenne (French Guyana), from where they will be transferred by airplane to the BEA in Le Bourget.

The BEA Investigator-in-Charge, an officer from the French judicial police and an investigator from

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

1st May 2011 briefing

The investigation team localized and identified the memory unit from the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) at 10 h UTC this morning. It was raised and lifted on board the ship Ile de Sein by the Remora 6000 ROV at 16h40 UTC.

 

 



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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 29 April 2011

The search for the CVR and the FDR memory unit are continuing, exploring the airplane debris field with the ROV. New parts have been identified, such as the Auxiliary Power Unit which is situated at the aft of the airplane.

The forward and aft parts of the airplane are broken apart and mixed up, which means that a time-consuming systematic search is required.

No lifting operations have yet been undertaken as priority has been given to the search for the flight recorders.

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 27 April 2011

During the first dive by the Remora 6000, which lasted over twelve hours, the chassis of the airplane's Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was found, though without the Crash Survivable Memory Unit (CSMU) that contains the data. It was surrounded by debris from other parts of the airplane.

The searches are continuing. A second dive by the Remora 6000 began this morning.



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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 26 April 2011

The cable vessel Ile de Sein operated by Alcatel-Lucent and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, which arrived in Dakar at 10h UTC on Friday 22 April, left the port at 18h20 UTC the same day, with 68 people on board, including the crew of the ship. It arrived in the accident zone this morning at 05h00 UTC.

During the crossing, a series of meetings took place to review the organisation and objectives of phase 5, the technical specifications of the Remora 6000 and the safety measures on

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Flight AF 447 on 1st june 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 19 April 2011

The cable vessel Ile de Sein, operated by Alcatel-Lucent and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, is leaving the port of Las Palmas (Canary Islands) today to reach the port of Dakar by Friday 22 April. A Remora 6000 ROV and its team of operators from Phoenix International Inc are on board. A port call of a few hours in Dakar is scheduled in order to embark the investigation team before it leaves for the search area. 

This team, directed by Investigator-in-Charge Alain Bouillard, assisted by

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Vol AF 447 du 1er juin 2009 A330-203, immatriculé F-GZCP

Information, 14 March 2011

This is to inform you that a media advisory will take place on the harbor of Suape on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 11:30 AM sharp after the arrival of the Vessel Alucia into Suape next weekend.

During the media advisory you will have the opportunity to visit the Alucia, make video recordings of the Remus as well as conduct interviews with Dave Gallo, Director of special projects and Mike Purcell, Expedition Leader, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Jean-Paul Troadec,

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release from the Secrétariat d'État aux Transports, 12 July 2010

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Vol AF 447 du 1er juin 2009 A330-203, immatriculé F-GZCP

Update on the sea searches as of 17 May 2010

As the zone defined by the French Navy has been explored, the initial search programme has been resumed with the return of the Seabed Worker, during the night of 12 May, to the zone located north-west of the last known airplane position.

Since this time, the two Remus autonomous underwater vehicles have managed to cover over 500 km2 during six dives.

The meteorological situation in the zone has made it possible to continue the searches in good conditions.

No debris from the wreckage has been localised to date.



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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Update on the sea searches as of 12 May 2010

Exploration of the new search zone, which resulted from work undertaken by the French Navy, has continued at a speed that has been hampered by technical problems, which occurred during the dives carried out by the two Remus (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles).

After ensuring optimal coverage of the entire exploration zone, the BEA has decided to start searching again in the initial search zone located to the north-west of the last known airplane position. The Seabed

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 6 May 2010: Update on the sea searches

The French Navy Staff Headquarters this morning provided the BEA with the results of the latest analysis of the audio recordings made by the submarine Emeraude during the first phase of underwater searches.

These results were obtained very recently and made it possible to define a zone of a few dozen square kilometres in which the airplane wreckage may be found.

Given this latest information, the BEA has decided to extend the searches to this zone. It

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 4 May 2010: Update on the sea searches

After reporting to Mr Dominique Bussereau, Secretary of State for Transport, on the sea searches, the BEA has, at the Secretary’s request, prepared a further stage in the operations. The BEA believes that it is in fact still possible to localize the airplane wreckage in or near the zone that has just been explored. It is thus considered appropriate to use the equipment that has already been mobilized and is available to continue the operations as

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Update on the sea searches as of 22 April 2010

Since the beginning of the searches on 2 April:

Orion, the towed sonar based on the « Anne Candies », has covered 2 800 km2 ;The three Remus, autonomous underwater vehicles based on the « Seabed Worker » have made forty dives and covered an area of around 3 000 km2.

The meteorological conditions in the search zone have been favourable.

The initial search zone will have been entirely covered by the end of the week. The Seabed Worker and the Anne Candies

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Update on the sea searches as of 14 April 2010

Since the beginning of the searches on 2 April:

The Orion, a towed sonar from the « Anne Candies », has covered over 1,350 km2 ;The three Remus autonomous underwater vehicles (UAV) from the « Seabed Worker » has carried out twenty dives and covered a zone of almost 1,700 km2.

The aforementioned areas include the zones outside of the initial search zone, covered for operational reasons, and zones that overlap between the various sonars.

Progress was

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Update on sea searches on 7 April 2010

Since the sea searches began on 2 April:

Orion, a towed sonar on board the « Anne Candies », has covered 600 km2;The three Remus autonomous underwater vehicles on board the « Seabed Worker » have made nine dives and covered an area of nearly 800 km2.

 

The meteorological situation in the zone has allowed the crews to work in good conditions.

 

 



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Vol AF 447 du 1er juin 2009 A330-203, immatriculé F-GZCP

Information, 2 April 2010

The « Anne Candies » this morning joined the « Seabed Worker », which arrived in the search zone yesterday.

The undersea searches have begun. Further information on these will be released before the end of next week.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 29 March 2010

The « Seabed Worker » left from Recife (Brazil) at around 05h00 local time this morning, to sail to the search zone.

The « Anne Candies » should leave Recife this evening or tomorrow morning at the latest.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 19 March 2010

The « Anne Candies » is now expected in the port at Recife on 24 March.

As announced on 15 March, the BEA will hold a press conference before the departure of the ships to the search zone. This will take place in the presence of the teams of investigators and those involved in the sea and undersea search operation on Thursday 25 March from 14 h to 16 h in Recife in the port administrative buildings in the port area (main port entrance).

Journalists who wish to attend are

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Vol AF 447 du 1er juin 2009 A330-203, immatriculé F-GZCP

Information, 15 March 2010

The arrival of the « Anne Candies » from the United States has been delayed, as the BEA announced in a previous release. Arrival in Recife is now planned around 24 March, depending on the sea conditions encountered. It will join the « Seabed Worker » there. 

A stopover is planned for the transfer of the equipment transported by the « Anne Candies » onto the « Seabed Worker », and to take on fuel.

During this short stopover, the BEA will hold a press conference in the

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 11 March 2010

Administrative and technical difficulties on departure from the United States, together with unfavourable meteorological conditions, are delaying the arrival of the « Anne Candies » in the port of Recife (Brazil), where it should join the « Seabed Worker » before sailing to the zone to undertake the search for the wreckage of the A 330. The beginning of the sea search operations has been put back accordingly.

The BEA will release further information on Monday 15 March 2010.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 17 December 2009

Due to the heavy snowfall this morning, the BEA has decided to cancel the Press Conference that was scheduled for this afternoon at Le Bourget from 15 h to 17h. The second Interim Report's availability on our website has been brought forward to midday today. A Press Conference will be organised on Tuesday 22 December from 14h to 15h30 in order to answer any questions from journalists.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 7 December 2009

The Director of the BEA will be in Rio de Janeiro on 12 December, accompanied by the Investigator-in-Charge, M. Bouillard. He will be meeting the families of the Brazilian victims, to whom he will give an update on the progress achieved in the AF 447 accident investigation. 

The second interim report will be published on Thursday 17 December. On this occasion, the BEA will hold a press briefing at its HQ at Le Bourget from 15 h to 17 h.

Journalists who wish to attend are

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information 7 December 2009

The BEA has launched an investigation into the event that occurred during flight AF 445 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, during the night of 29 November 2009, to the A330-203 operated by Air France. An analysis of this event is likely to throw some additional light on the accident on 1st June 2009 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris to the A330-203, flight AF 447.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 5 October 2009

This last weekend the press repeated some statements made about the accident to flight AF 447 that occurred on 1st June 2009. The BEA reminds those concerned that the information available is currently being studied by top French and foreign specialists. The investigation is progressing, but it is particularly difficult and it is too early to be able to describe the circumstances of the accident and even more so to explain them. Once again, the BEA recommends that the greatest

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release 20 August 2009

The second phase of the undersea search operations for the flight recorders from the Airbus A 330 that disappeared on 1st June 2009 has just been completed. The Pourquoi pas? is expected at Dakar today.

The work, undertaken with the assistance of IFREMER and SHOM, allowed completion of the exploration of the search area that had been defined after the accident, a circle with a radius of 75 km centred on the last position message transmitted by the airplane at 2h10.

Bathymetry

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release 30 July 2009

The Ifremer oceanographic ship "Pourquoi pas?" is currently on site in the area for the second phase of the search for the flight recorders from AF 447. Work to survey the ocean floor has begun in the area considered to be the most likely, with the aid of a side-scan sonar device and the Victor 6000 ROV and Nautile submarine. The flight recorders' locator beacons having now ceased transmitting, the next step is to identify the place where the airplane wreckage is located, then to

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release 15 July 2009

The parts of the airplane recovered during the sea searches arrived at Pauillac (33) on the evening of 14 July. They have been taken to Toulouse where they will be examined by the Toulouse aeronautical test centre (CEAT, Ministry of Defence) under the control of senior police officers from the Air Transport Gendarmerie and investigators from the BEA.

In the search area, the Ifremer oceanographic ship the «Pourquoi pas?», after relieving crews and loading additional equipment, will conduct a new phase of underwater searches. This phase, which will take around a month, will begin next week with diving equipment and towed sonar equipment.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release 25 June 2009

Dans le cadre de la publication d'un premier rapport factuel sur l'accident survenu le 1er juin 2009 à l'A 330-200, immatriculé F-GZCP, le BEA tiendra un point presse dans ses locaux au Bourget le jeudi 2 juillet de 15 h à 17 h.

Les journalistes qui souhaitent y assister sont priés de confirmer leur présence auprès de Martine Del Bono.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 23 June 2009

No signals transmitted by the flight recorders' locator beacons have been validated up to now. In the context of the sea searches that are under way, work is undertaken on a regular basis that is aimed at eliminating any doubts related to any sounds that may be heard, and any findings will be made public.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 17 June 2009

During the third Press Conference that was held on 17 June on the progress of the investigation into the accident to flight AF 447, the BEA presented the sea search operations that are under way. It contains a map of the locations of the airplane debris, including the fin, that were recovered from the surface of the sea. This debris field corresponds to a relatively small area with a drift towards the north.

A targeted undersea search area has been established based on the

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 12 June 2009

The BEA will be holding a press conference concerning the ongoing operations at sea in its premises at Le Bourget on Wednesday, 17th June, from 10 to 11 am.

Journalists who may wish to attend should confirm their presence with Martine Del Bono.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Information, 6 June 2009, briefing

Preliminary analysis of meteorological conditionsServices Hydrographiques et Océanographiques de la Marine (SHOM)Reconstituted flight path


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 5 June 2009

The BEA will hold a second press conference on its premises at Le Bourget on Saturday 6 June from 10h to 12h. Journalists who wish to attend are asked to confirm their intentions with Martine Del Bono.

A large quantity of more or less accurate information and attempts at explanations concerning the accident are currently being circulated.

The BEA reminds those concerned that in such circumstances, it is advisable to avoid all hasty interpretations and speculation on the basis

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Framework and significance of technical investigations

Within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), common provisions for organising investigations into aviation accidents and incidents have been adopted by the majority of countries. These provisions are collected in Annex 13 to the Chicago Convention, entitled “Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations”. In paragraph 5.3 of this document, “When the location of the accident or serious incident cannot definitely be

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Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 2 June 2009

The Brazilian authorities have confirmed to the BEA that floating debris has been observed in the search zone.

The BEA will be holding a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday 3 June.


Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 A330-203, registered F-GZCP

Press release, 1st June 2009

On 1st June, the BEA was informed that an Airbus A330-203, registered F-GZCP, operated by Air France as flight AF 447, which was flying the route between Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France), disappeared over the sea. Radio contact was lost several hours after the takeoff, which was at 19h00 local time on 31 May 2009. According to information from the airline, 216 passengers and 12 members of the crew were on board the airplane.

An investigation team has been designated.

The BEA recommends, in such circumstances, to avoid any hasty interpretation or speculation on the basis of partial and non-validated information.


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