Report: Doomed Air France Airbus may have been turning back

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Report: Doomed Air France Airbus may have been turning back

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Report: Doomed Air France Airbus may have been turning back

Paris - The Air France Airbus that crashed into the Atlantic last year may have been trying to return to Brazil when it went down, the daily Le Figaro reported Friday, citing an anonymous government source....
Fri, 07 May 2010
By : dpa

Paris - The Air France Airbus that crashed into the Atlantic last year may have been trying to return to Brazil when it went down, the daily Le Figaro reported Friday, citing an anonymous government source.

According to the daily, the aircraft apparently plunged into the sea some 20 nautical miles, or 40 kilometres, south-west of its final known position.

"That means it was lost and, according to procedures, should have turned around, either to leave a storm area or head back to Brazil," the government source was quoted as saying.

On June 1, 2009, the Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic some 1,500 kilometres north-east of the Brazilian port of Recife while on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing 228 people. Only scattered pieces of the plane and 50 bodies were recovered.

The French government announced Thursday that, after a re-analysis of data from last summer's search of the crash area, investigators had narrowed the location of the plane's flight recorders to within five kilometres.

The new finding, if confirmed, also means that searchers from the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) had been focusing on the wrong zone, on the assumption that the wreck of the plane and its so-called black boxes would be found north of its last known position.

Search of the new zone by a robot submersible was to have begun late Thursday.

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