The Long Way Down: The crash of Air France flight 447

Searchers recover the tail section of Air France flight 447 from the Atlantic on June 7th, 2009. (The Guardian)
A CGI image of flight 447 in its final hours. (PBS Nova)
The pilots of flight 447, probably pictured in their license photos. (Original source unknown)
The route of flight 447. (Google + own work)
F-GZCP, the aircraft involved in the accident. (Hansueli Krapf)
Satellite weather data from the Intertropical Convergence Zone at around midnight on the night of the accident, with flight 447’s designated airway overlaid. (BEA)
St. Elmo’s Fire in an aircraft cockpit. (Beyond Clouds)
How ice blocks a pitot tube and affects airspeed readings. (boldmethod)
The principle of the “flight envelope.” (Philippe Goupil)
How a stall works. (NASA)
Flight data from the first 20 seconds after the start of the event. (BEA)
Flight data from 46 seconds after the start of the event to 106 seconds after the start of the event. (BEA)
A very basic diagram like this would have probably helped the pilots understand what the plane was doing. (Flying Magazine)
CGI animation of the stall and crash. (Mayday)
A map from early in the search on the day of the crash. (BBC News)
A Brazilian newspaper front page shows the faces of some of the missing. (Vanderlei Almeida)
A map of the surface search and its discoveries. (The New York Times)
Searchers recover the tail section of Air France flight 447 from the Atlantic on June 7th, 2009. (The Guardian)
Another view of the recovery of the tail section. (France24)
(BEA)
Photos of various parts of the airplane as they were found on the ocean floor. (BEA)
The tail section of flight 447 is hauled aboard a salvage ship. (NBC News)
Investigators lay out the recovered debris on the floor of a hangar for identification and analysis. (Der Spiegel)
The tail section is loaded onto a truck in port for transportation to the evidence hangar. (CNN)
A floating galley section was found, complete with intact drawers. (Reuters)
The complex interrelationship between measured and calculated flight parameters. (BEA)
A recovery worker prepares the galley section for salvage. (The Guardian)
Another part of the galley was used to prove that the plane hit the water in a flat attitude. (BEA)
A reconstruction of the warning messages the pilots would have seen during the event. (BEA)
Debris lies of the floor of the hangar following recovery from the sea surface. (CNN)
The tail section lies on the deck of a Brazilian navy ship following its recovery from the sea. (Der Spiegel)
What the flight directors would have displayed during the periods when they were active during initial climb and stall. (BEA)
A BEA investigator sorts wreckage in the hangar. (Eric Cabanis)
BEA investigators present the black boxes. (CNN)
A BEA investigator presents the findings of the investigation. (Mehdi Fedouach)
Flight attendants mourn their colleagues at a memorial service at the Notre Dame. (The Guardian)
French Prime Minister Francois Fillion meets with Air France crews at a ceremony for the victims. (Antonio Scorza)
A memorial to the victims of flight 447 evokes 228 transparent birds in flight. (Bertrand Langlois)

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.