WSJ (Blames Computers-Lack of Pilot Training) – ESTADAO (2 Additional Burials) – FINAL FAB NOTA (SAR Mission Terminated)

The Brazilian Navy and Air Force have announced the termination of the SAR mission for Air France Flight 447.  All hope for solving the mystery of Flight 447 now rests on finding the “black boxes”.  Very few noticed the  Le Figaro article late Thursday night which stated:

According to several sources contacted Thursday, French forces have captured a signal, “they revolve around the past few days to locate it,” said a military source.

Selon plusieurs sources contactées jeudi, les forces françaises ont bien capté un signal, elles tournent autour depuis quelques jours pour le localiser, explique une source militaire.

“The question now is rather whether the issuer is still attached to the black box view of the circumstances of the accident,” says a close source.

La question est dorénavant plutôt de savoir si l’émetteur est toujours solidaire de la boîte noire vu les conditions de l’accident», explique un proche du dossier.

As noted on June 23rd , (Flight 447 Search For Black Boxes: French Sub Hears “Faint’ Signal), Le Monde reported that French ships had picked up a signal from the black boxes and the submersible was in the water.  Common sense says that if the submersible was lowered, the Navy had obviously detected a ping.  However, immediately the French Government and their Press Office (BEA) said this was not true.  Who do we believe?

Several newspapers and aviation bulletin boards continue to say that both “black boxes” are in the tail section.  As posted back on Jun 6, (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Disinformation), per the Los Angeles Times,  I’m not sure if this is totally accurate according to the below diagram since there are additional recordings in the cockpit section:



Computer Failures Are Probed in Jet Crash


Aviation investigators, running out of time to find the “black boxes” with key information on the crash of Air France Flight 447, suspect a rapid chain of computer and equipment malfunctions stripped the crew of automation today’s pilots typically rely on to control a big jetliner.

An international team of experts is building a scenario in which it believes a cascade of system failures, seemingly beginning with malfunctioning airspeed sensors, rapidly progressed to what appeared to be sweeping computer outages, according to people familiar with the probe…

Based on initial physical evidence and information from automatic maintenance messages sent by the aircraft, these people said, the plane bucked through heavy turbulence created by a thunderstorm without the full protection of its flight-control systems — safeguards that experts say pilots now often take for granted.

Relying on backup instruments, the Air France pilots apparently struggled to restart flight-management computers even as their plane may have begun breaking up from excessive speed, according to theories developed by investigators.

… Unlike jetliners built in previous decades — which required pilots to frequently manipulate controls and often manually fly the planes for long stretches — newer computer-centric aircraft such as the A330 and Boeing’s 777 are designed to operate almost entirely on automated systems.

From choosing engine settings and routes to smoothing out the ride during turbulence and landing in low visibility, pilots essentially monitor instruments and seldom interfere with computerized commands. So when those electronic brains begin to act weirdly at 35,000 feet, the latest crop of aviators may be less comfortable stepping in and grabbing control of the airplane.

Airlines typically use simulators to train cockpit crews for such events, but a pilot may only hone skills to deal with major computer problems every few years. Pilots hardly ever experience multiple computer failures in real-world conditions.

After the initial speed warnings, the Air France pilots are believed to have quickly lost the autopilot and automated throttle-controls, which are designed to instantly disengage when speed readings are suspect. Soon after, according to people familiar with the investigation, cockpit instruments showed a series of warnings about various other equipment failures and the crew apparently shut down or tried to reboot their primary and secondary computer systems….

Sexta-Feira, 26 de Junho de 2009 | Versão Impressa Friday, June 26, 2009 (English Translation)

Two more victims of Flight 447, Air France, are buried

luke_2469171The body of Luke Gagliano Jucá of 24 years, steward of the Air France flight 447, was buried yesterday in the afternoon of Sao Joao Batista cemetery in Botafogo, Rio southern Around one hundred people attended the funeral, including co-workers of the airline, which came standard. Many were moved.

On the coffin of Luke, relatives placed the flag of the Botafogo and two portraits of the couple. Photos and posters in honor of the boy were also pasted on the wall of the chapel during the wake, held in closed coffin. “Luke, you really were not of this world. I had to have died near the sky to get faster,” he said, excited, Professor Fernando Gama.

Lucas lived in France. He came to Brazil in May for the funeral of his father. He spent 15 days on the side of the mother and returned on May 31 for the French capital, where the Airbus crashed.

Air France confirmed yesterday that the body of the pilot is one of 11 that were identified by the Institute of Legal Medicine of the reef last week, but did not reveal his identity. A union of pilots said that the commander was Marc Dubois. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany said that three Germans were also identified but not released their names.

Deise Possamai 2In addition to Lucas, the body of the public official Deise Possamai was also buried on the afternoon of yesterday in New Venice, 180 km from Florianópolis. Around 500 people, including relatives and friends, attended the funeral, which had also sealed coffin. Amilton, his uncle, recalled a childhood of Deise, referring to a person sweet and fragile. As soon as the Mass ended, the coffin was carried to a cemetery in the back of the chapel, less than one block from where he was born and where his parents currently reside.

“The opportunity for a farewell leaves everyone in general, a little relieved,” said a former co-worker. Deise had achieved a license to the City of Criciúma to do a course abroad.  She was separated and had no children.

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Sonia Gagliano, whose grandson Lucas Gagliano was an air steward on the flight, told the O Globo newspaper.

“He was a young boy, just 23 years old, and he spoke eight languages.”

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Resgate de Corpos do navio da Marinha /


26/06/2009 – 19h02 FAB Final Nota – 26.06.09 (English Translation)(Emphasis mine)


The Brazilian Navy and Air Force Command report that at the end of today, June 26, was officially given by the end of the largest and most complex operation of Search and Rescue has already carried out by Brazilian armed forces in sea area, both in appearance duration as the magnitude of the means employed.

In these 26 days to search the passengers and crew of Air France flight 447, which disappeared when they flew on the route Rio de Janeiro (RJ) – Paris (France), on the night of May 31, 2009 were 51 bodies and rescued more than 600 parts and structural components of the aircraft, and several bags.

The technical reason that determined the end of the search is the impracticability of sights survivors or bodies, primary objective of the operation, already 26 days after the accident. The day on June 12th to 26th, a period of 15 days, only two bodies were recovered, and the last on 17. In the last nine days, no body has been sighted or prey.

The 51 recovered bodies were delivered to the Federal Police and the Department of Social Defense of Pernambuco to the work of identification. The wreckage of the aircraft and luggage collected were delivered to the Bureau d’Investigations et D’Analysis of I’Aviation Pour la Securite Civile (BEA). Research on the factors that contributed to the accident is also the responsibility of the BEA and has the support of the corresponding sector, the Brazilian Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (CENIPA).

In 26 days of continuous operation under the responsibility of Brazil, in response to the international search and rescue, the Brazilian Air Force used 12 aircraft and had the support of aircraft from France, U.S. and Spain. The Brazilian Navy has served in rotation with 11 ships in the area of search, totaling about 35 thousand miles navigated, approximately eight times the size of the Brazilian coast.

Were flown around 1500 hours and was conducted visual searches in an area corresponding to 350 thousand square kilometers, more than three times the size of the state of Pernambuco. The R-99 aircraft, in turn, electronic search conducted in an area corresponding to two million square kilometers, eight times the size of the state.

Were directly involved in the 1344 military operation of the Brazilian Navy and 268 from FAB, totaling more than 1,600 professionals in the tasks of search, rescue and support of these [SAR} activities.

Remain in the area to search the resources dedicated to marine capture emissions data and voice boxes of rugged aircraft, coordinated by France.

All the search operation was under the direct responsibility of the Department of Control of the airspace (DECEA) by means of Recife SALVAERO saved in coordination with the Northeast and attended to the provisions of Annex 12 to the Chicago Convention, effective in 1950, which establishes the commitment of signatory countries to the search and rescue operations in their areas of jurisdiction.

Mindful of its mission, the crew and other members of the the Brazilian Navy and Air Force Command make your way to work that day just [remember] to offer reverence to the pain that mark Brazilian families and the international community.