The Crash of Air France Flight 447

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

A friend of mine who is an experienced captain for Delta ran across this link to a detailed scenario of what may have happened to Air France flight 447 on its way to Paris from Rio de Janeiro.  This is a meteorologist who used satellite imagery to describe what the plane likely flew through in the area known for powerful storms called the intertropical convergence zone.  My friend has flown this route before and says when you see green on the radar in this area you fly around it.  In the U.S. you fly right through green areas, but not here.  This pilot may have decided he could get through this cell with some bumps, when in fact, it may have been so powerful the plane could have hit extreme turbulence, which is above bad and severe turbulence.  You may want to clear some time-- it's a very cerebral analysis with plenty of jargon, but I think it's pretty conclusive given the comments at the bottom of the page by pilots, which were echoed by my friend.

Air France 447: A Detailed Meteorological Analysis

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  • by Manu Gomez Location: Kuwait on Jun 6, 2009 at 02:16 AM
    I still believe the plane crasehed somewhere near shore. the pilot flew back the troubled flight from the storm and crash landed somewhere near to fortlenza and natal. i have tried to say this in few sites.. but noone posted. atleast one search team should be send to these area near shore for the missing aircraft.. manugomez, kuwait
  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Good questions. My friend said he went 200 miles out of his way on his last route to Brazil b/c of a storm. He said he wouldn't have hesitated to go back if he saw this stuff on radar. But some pilots think they can just fly right through it with a little bump or two.
  • by Pascal Bruyere Location: France on Jun 5, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    What on earth was this airplane doing in the midst of what was a major storm?!? I read in the press: <> What about the following answer: because of the violent storm? Sure, something went wrong, something failed, and it would be nice to know exactly why, but, really, the first question that came to my mind was: what on earth was a long hall airliner equipped with high tech com devices, weather radar, etc, doing in a violent storm?!? And just a few hours into it’s flight, with plenty of options to re-route, even turn back, plenty of speed potential to escape? Did the passengers of this airplane paid for that?! Can’t this airline be trusted to prioritize security over other business pressures? What on earth was this airplane doing in the
  • by Penny Location: Lansing on Jun 4, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    TMI.
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