Saturday, June 6, 2009
Fate of Air France Flight 447 a Matter of Speculation
An Air France pilot has offered the explanation that this ill-fated plane was blown up by an on-board bomb, according to a Telegraph article. However, most aviation experts are inclined to suspect that the plane was broken up by a high-altitude storm, that instant depressurization took place, and that its passengers and crew were rendered unconscious.
"Paul-Louis Arslanian, chief of the French civil aviation ministry's bureau of investigation, said it would be very difficult to recover the cockpit voice and flight data recorders depth of the ocean – up to 10,000 ft – and its rugged floor."
UPDATE: CNN reports that at least 24 bodies and some debris have been recovered 700 miles (1100 km) from the Brazilian coast.