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.


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 CENIPA (the Brazilian equivalent of the BEA) will be present during the transfer from the Ile de Sein to the BEA, which should take around ten days.

At present, there are 69 people on board the ship, an officer from the Brazilian Navy having joined last Friday (29 April).


The ship Ile de Sein belonging to the company Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), equipped with a ROV from Phoenix International Inc., is planned to undertake the fifth phase of maritime operations. This mission will be directed by the BEA and financed by the French State.  Source:  BEA


The team on board the Alucia will complete vehicle operations on Friday. The vessel will leave the search area on Saturday 9 April and should reach the port of Suape (Brazil) on the morning of Tuesday 12 April.  Source:  BEA

BEA press conference Notes (April 4, 2011)

1. The exact debris field location not disclosed (in the North West large abyssal plain about 10 NM from LKP) for security reasons.

2. The debris field first identified last night around 19.00 (Paris). Size about 600 x 200 meters (including both engines, cabin, wings, landing gears).

3. Remus sent back to take pictures of the field, cruising about 10 meters above wreckage. Sea bottom flat and soft, made of sand or vase. Parts of the landing gears appears to be sinking.
4. Remus used to make complete photographical report including geo-localization of the wreckages (quadrillage). This would take several days to complete this work.
5. The bodies found would be recovered in the next phase. The main goal now is to find the recorders, still to be found.
6. Next phase will start with a new ship using ROVs, funded by French government, in order to recover the findings. Should start in about 3-4 weeks and 3 ships are bidding (René Descartes; France-Télécom-Marine (Brest) –  Île de Bréhat; Alcatel-Lucent (African Coast) – Ares; Phoenix International (Cyprus)).

Wreckage Recovery AF447: the state will spend 5 million

Le Figaro By Fabrice Amedeo (ENGLISH TRANSLATION)

INFO LE FIGARO – The campaign to retrieve the black boxes, the wreckage and the bodies of victims is expected to begin in three weeks and will be fully funded.

Locate the wreck of the AF 447 was only the first part of the mission. Members of Air Safety Investigation found that l’AF447 this weekend in the South Atlantic, will narrow the field of debris and take many pictures with the underwater exploration Remus. Objective: To localize the different parts of the aircraft and black boxes which will remove the mystery of the air disaster. This season, the fourth of its kind, was funded by Air France-Airbus to 9 million euros.

According, the fifth phase, the retrieval of black boxes, debris from the aircraft and the bodies of victims should “start in three weeks,” ministerial source and should cost 5 to 6 million euros . The state had already begun the process of bidding in the context of a probable location of the wreck and the stages of the consultation should be related quickly.

The first pictures sent by the ship Alucia in the South Atlantic, shows pieces of equipment integrity and many bodies of victims still identifiable. Depth (4000 meters), pressure and water temperature would have to retain the bodies of victims. Officials in charge of the case therefore reflect specific ways to send the victims to recover and a cell identification. “Raise the body of such depth, after two years of stay in the water without damaging them and preventing corrosion of the surface warm water is an achievement,” said a close case.

A “large part” of the plane from Rio to Paris located at sea


Nearly two years after the crash of the AF 447 off Brazil, part of the carrier that contains identifiable body was discovered. Investigators now hope to find the black boxes of the device.

After three rounds of fruitless searches, conducted for nearly two years, a “large part” of the Airbus A330-203 Air France operating the flight from Rio to Paris and crashed on June 1, 2009 has been located in sea ​​is a part of the interior of the device that contains identifiable body, said Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister of Ecology and Transportation, on France Inter. Both engines have also been located. “It did not explode, there is a part of the cockpit and in this part of the cabin, there are bodies,” she said. “There are some possible identifications. Minister, as Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani, declined to specify the number of bodies found. “We keep a number of details to the families of the victims,” ​​said Thierry Mariani France Info radio, adding that the discovery was “a surprise”. Operations “rise of the airplane and bodies of victims may be launched within three weeks to a month, said later Nathalie Kosciusco-Morizet.

With this breakthrough, investigators now have “hope” of finding the black boxes of the Air France plane, which crashed off the coast of Brazil has killed 228 passengers and crew. Last year, the French navy said to have already localized, with “an uncertainty of 5 km, but was unable to recover it. This time, the debris field is “relatively concentrated,” said the director of the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), Jean-Paul Troadec, who should disseminate “the first images of airplane parts localized” at a press conference Monday afternoon. “The fact that debris is concentrated in a small area reinforces the hypothesis that the plane has not been broken up in flight. The aircraft was full at the time of the impact on the sea, “explained several sources familiar with the matter.

A wider search area

The discovery of the black boxes, which contain records of flight parameters and pilot conversations, is paramount. If they are still usable, they could afford to raise doubts about the causes of the disaster. Since the beginning of the investigation, the BEA estimates that the failure rate pitot probes is one of the causes of the accident, but it can not be alone, causing the crash of plane. These probes, manufactured by the French Thales faced problems because of icing at high altitude, making them ineffective.

To clarify this mystery, the BEA has launched the fourth phase of research at sea, presented as the last chance to retrieve the aircraft. This campaign was accompanied by a change of method. The objective was to locate the wreckage of the Airbus, rather than to trace the wreckage and flight recorders to the surface. A search area much larger also been defined, extending over 10,000 km2, a 75 km radius around the last known position of Flight 447. The last expedition was concentrated on a smaller area, bounded by calculations of the drift currents.

Operations began March 25 after arriving on the USS Alucia area. This former French research vessel, small and handy, came to Seattle on the northwest coast of the United States, with three on board submarines Remus. These are the gear bag four meters long, which have revealed the presence of elements of the plane this weekend. A second dive took place with camera to confirm the location of debris.

An “essential step”

If the BEA still displays his caution, a fifth campaign should be launched to recover the pieces of the device. The cost of research – about 9 million for the fourth phase – is supported by Aibus and Air France, both recently indicted for manslaughter in this case. “This location is very good news because it brings the hope of finally collecting information on the causes of this accident so far unexplained,” said Chief Executive of the airline, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.

The president of the French association of families of victims “Mutual Aid and Solidarity AF447, Jean-Baptiste Audousset, for his part reported” a hope for the families “of the missing. “But we remain extremely cautious,” he said. Received on Monday by Nathalie Kosciusco-Morizet, Thierry Mariani and the Director of BEA, the vice-president of that association said that the possible retrieval of bodies was a problem “thorny”. “There’s something traumatic. This poses problems of identification. We do not know what state they are, “said Robert Soulas. “This is likely to generate debate among families who want to leave the bodies at the bottom of the Atlantic and those who want to come to the surface,” he added.

AF 447: the wreckage and the bodies of victims will be rescued

Le Figaro By Fabrice Amedeo  (ENGLISH TRANSLATION)

Funded, the transaction is expected to cost 5 million euros. It will take place within three weeks.

The AF 447 will deliver its first secrets. Just two days after the discovery of the wreckage of the flight from Rio to Paris that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009 with 228 people on board, the State is actively preparing a campaign of retrieval of black boxes, the wreckage and the bodies of victims. As announced in Le Figaro on Monday morning on its website, a final operation should be launched in three weeks.

The latter, funded exclusively by the state, should cost $ 5 to 6,000,000 euros. A tender had been launched in the event of a location of the wreck. Three boats have already been shortlisted, two French and one American. One should sail to sail offshore Brazil in the coming weeks. Executives in charge of the case must still face a new parameter since many bodies of victims have survived nearly two years of immersion due to the abysmal depth, pressure and water temperature. A cell identification of victims should therefore also be embedded. “The difficulty of the operation is how the body will resist manipulation by the underwater vehicle and then rising to the surface in very hot water,” says a source familiar with the matter.

For now, investigators on site in the South Atlantic continue their inspection of the “debris field” area, according to our sources at 5 nautical miles north of the last known position of the camera, or 500 miles Brazilian coast. “The device was found Saturday night, told John Paul Troadec Monday, the bureau chief of investigations and analysis, in charge of aviation safety investigation. Organized a second dive in the wake enabled us to achieve the first pictures of the wreckage Sunday evening and certify that it was indeed the flight AF 447. “

Find the black boxes, a priority

The investigative agency on Monday received new pictures of the device: a large piece of aircraft, engines, landing gear and fuselage parts still contained “several bodies of victims.” After running ‘mode sonar to locate the debris field, the three Remus, the autonomous underwater leased by BEA, will continue to crisscross the area “photo mode” for several days. All pictures will be sent to the BEA at Le Bourget, near Paris. Its officers will aim to identify all parts of the apparatus and carry out important work geolocation to reconstruct the puzzle of the aircraft.

The priority remains the investigators to retrieve the black boxes that record flight parameters of the aircraft and the crew conversations in the cockpit. It is likely that they are still useable and they alone will know with certainty the truth about the accident. Investigators are currently quite optimistic about the outcome of the research: the unit is 3900 meters by a background “abyssal plain” without cracks or crevices. The debris field is also quite limited: a zone of 600 meters by 200, which gives hope that all the supporting parts of clues or information may be rescued. If the black boxes should not be located, investigators can also search the computers, the position of the control or maintenance of the recorder in the cargo bay, which contains extensive information on the flight.

The black boxes are still useable

Investigators from the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) have expressed optimism Monday about their chances to recover the recorders of the AF 447 in the debris field. Black boxes have been recovered several months after an accident. They withstand a shock of 3400 G at the impact of the plane, at a temperature of 1100 ° C for one hour in case of fire and an underwater pressure of 6000 m. And there are precedents for dramatic repechage. The flight 574 of the Indonesian airline Adam Air has been damaged and 1 January 2007 in the Java Sea. Early research had been done on earth.

The plane’s black boxes and will be recovered as late August, eight months later by U.S. teams. The flight Itavia 870, which connected Bologna to Palermo, crashed June 27, 1980 in the Tyrrhenian Sea. His black boxes were recovered ten years later. They were damaged by fire and were not usable, but had resisted the ocean during all these years. Finally, the Boeing 747-200 South African Airways, linking Taiwan to Johannesburg, disappeared Nov. 27, 1987 off the coast of Mauritius: its black boxes had been recovered fourteen months later, by 4000 m deep

Related Links:

(Updated) A340 / A330 Control: flight & laws

Video (FR): Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing

AF 447 association web sites:

Associação dos familiares das vitimas do voo 447

Association Entraide et Solidarité AF447

HIOP AF 447 – Hinterbliebene der Opfer des Flugzeugabsturzes AF 447 e. V.

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