Passengers of AF447 are not drowned

Par, publié le 12/06/2009 19:24 – mis à jour le 12/06/2009 19:29 (English Translated)

L’Express is reporting that Brazilian investigators have concluded after the examination of the first bodies recovered on Air France Flight 447 that the aircraft would have broken in two and did not explode:

According to the Brazilian press, the investigation into the crash of flight AF447 advance. The review of the first 16 bodies recovered off the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha reinforces the assumption that the device would have disintegrated before touching the water. Thus, the corpses they were almost naked, which might indicate they have been stripped by the wind during their fall.

Similarly, the absence of burn marks show that the plane was not engulfed in flames – and therefore did not explode. The victims found suffering from multiple fractures, especially the upper and lower limbs and pelvis, and had not drowned. Finally, they were recovered in a very large area, 85 km distance to the most remote areas.

Of all these factors, the investigators conclude for now that the aircraft would be cut in half and that its passengers were ejected before it crashed into the Atlantic. Specialists from Civil Aviation of France, seeking to determine the likely trajectory of the fall, could strengthen this thesis in the coming days.



Hope fades for rescue all bodies

Viernes 12 de junio del 2009. Actualizado a las 09h19 (Gmt -4) (English Translated)

… Brazilian authorities began yesterday forensic analysis of the bodies of 16 victims of the ill-fated Air France Flight 447, a process that could provide key to understanding what caused the crash of the aircraft.

The assessment and identification of the first 16 bodies with DNA tests and photos started on Thursday in Recife, a center of operations. In the coming days to get the remaining 25 bodies recovered from the sea.

The plane was full, and possibly passengers were in their assigned seats when the plane encountered severe storms. “If the victims found in an area of the ocean were largely a part of the plane and the victims were found in another area in another part of the aircraft, that tells you something,” said the lieutenant said Brigadier Aviation Ramon Borges Cardoso.

The identification of the wounds on the bodies may also help researchers. In the investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800 which crashed off the coast of New York in 1996, the evaluations identified the victims in the first 30 rows suffered burns.





Update:  Los Tiempos & FAB Photos