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Jet A1 4th Jun 2009 16:15

I'm on the A320 so not that clued up on A330 system differences, so if you went into EMER ELEC you would expect the RAT to deploy. If the RAT was to fail/damaged in wx/not deploy - How would that leave you power wise ? Would be down to 30 mins BAT only ?

If you were down to BAT only - that would put you in ALTERNATE LAW.

How quickly on the A330 would the cabin pressure become an issue ? The A320 leaves you with enough time to descend down.

Once the batteries are dead - I presume the ISIS would fail too ?

Will Fraser 4th Jun 2009 16:18

Beechnut- Good question. I would say, merely to entertain your question, that the position of the explosion and its strength would be important, and also whether ACARS was in real time, or Int. and 'bunched'. (Compressed)

ttcse 4th Jun 2009 16:24

A number of pages back I stated that charted depictions of ocean currents in that are would have to rule-out currents placing debris to the right, south-east of route. After further reviewing what these charts are and their omission of necessary detail for that area of the ocean, I'd have to retract the previous. It appears entirely possible currents could be a factor but can't say they were. I would think currents would be a factor in why debris locations are so widely displaced. For what its worth.

DenisG 4th Jun 2009 16:35

@ Phil Space,

is there any confirmation on the accuracy of the map posted by you?

@ everybody

I have two questions I wonder about:

1. The debris has been found in some distance away from the last reported location and in different spots; debris will find no trouble making it that way in 30 hours considering the current (4 km/h), although it is said to have been headed northwest at the time. While debris can spur around quite a bit due to winds etc. the oil/fuselage marks would be much more coherent. Is there any indication that there have been different spots of oil/fuselage being spotted, say 50 km apart or so? If that were the case, it would point to different impacts.

2. As far as I followed this thread and the news, last radio was with INTOL. Would it be possible that an event occurred before the flight came into the storm but after INTOL, possibly disabling any human actions (unconsciousness etc.) and that the plane followed via auto pilot its set path and only then later switched off? Or would there be electronic checks or alarms indicating that?

Thx for your reply and thanks for this great forum.

Regards,

Denis

mstram 4th Jun 2009 16:36

"I still think people are losing sight of the fact that when transiting the ITCZ, sometimes there is NO ideal way through. You've gotta punch your way somehow and that route depends on what looks better on the radar and outside."

How about the option of turning back and returning to base ?

IMO, that is the root cause of this accident, "press-on-itis", along with possible complacency / over confidence re: extremely severe weather.

Just a coincidence that another AF flight tried to land during a T.S. at CYYZ ?

ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A340-313X F-GLZQ Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ)

etherate 4th Jun 2009 16:44

Just continuing with the weather theory, there have been some interesting posts on Flight International's site regarding AF flights and weather avoidance in the past.

Perhaps some of the long haul drivers may know whether on an ETOPS flight crews may be reluctant to go too far off course avoiding weather to stay within required ETOPS diversion times? Just a thought, if this crew did not in fact deviate around what looks like (from the satellite images posted) a pretty extensive belt of Wx.

Gergely Varju 4th Jun 2009 16:48

Will Fraser: Even if bunched / compressed messages are used, you would send you the already waiting message about cabin pressure with the other messages. So, the order of messages should be considered as relevant factual information.

PJ2 4th Jun 2009 16:54

From a post by "nyt":

For what it's worth, "Le Monde" claims through a unnamed source
With the exception of a few contributions by those who actually know their stuff and who are recognized as such by others who know their stuff, this statement summarizes the serious shortcomings of this entire thread.

We have "stories" being quoted about speed control, stalling an Airbus, going 'too fast', going 'too slow', getting bombed ad nauseum, with absolutely no basis in fact, "no attribution" as one poster honestly states and no documentation.

All we have are "layman's terms" everywhere, which are not only disrespectful to a general audience but which do great violence to real understanding and comprehension of the airplane, the environment it was operating in and what the crew did and did not do.

We've seen this all before. Decades ago, Randy Sohn on AVSIG very pointedly used to ask the question all the time: "Does anybody actually read the thread?", or are they just interested in hearing the noise of their own voice?

In the eight pages growth while I slept, there is precisely nothing new or even interesting; what I read is manufactured, regurgitated (because someone was too lazy to read the thread - the Vazquez presentation is cited at least five times) or picked out of thin air.

The thread is bulging with explanations to the newly-curious about why in many cases their wild notions about what happened are wrong.

I'm not saying "wait for the report". I'm not that naive and I think informed speculation is a good learning exercise. But for the newbies and others who talk and never listen/read, please - respect what has happened and think before you write. This thread is a deep embarrassment.

wes_wall 4th Jun 2009 16:57

If one is to lend credence to the reports of the wx experts in lightning using NASA lightning strike data, the storms in the area were not emitting much lightning activity. In fact the closest strike at the time the airplane was in CB area was located some 70 miles away. This being the case, then a strike can all but be discounted, and if true then, it begs the question what caused the electrical failure alerts?

Once again, I believe the ACARS, which if can be trusted to be fact, are the only few bits of information that have surfaced, and provide a brief insight into what may have occured. Can the dots be connected? They indicate the initial problems which immediately faced the crew.

CargoOne 4th Jun 2009 17:15

Up to my best knowledge this part of Atlantic is well within ETOPS120, I presume AF and their 330 are ETOPS180 approved? ETOPS180 leaves basically no black spots in Atlantic so whatever en-route deviation is very unlikely to put aircraft outside ETOPS restrictions.

q100 4th Jun 2009 17:25

Take everything you see in the media regarding aviation in general and this accident in particular with several grains of salt. After all, the media was very quick to make a lot of noise about icing in regard to Colgan 3407...

As a long haul pilot myself, what I want to know is this: Did this flight somehow get itself into WX so extreme that it caused in flight loss of control and/or structural failure? If so, how? And how can the rest of us avoid this happening to ourselves? And, if not WX, what did happen, and how might it be prevented in the future?

50 odd pages of speculation (so far) is not providing an answer to these questions. That will come (hopefully) with time, as this investigation will undoubtedly be difficult and time consuming.

IMHO, these tidbits about QANTAS, Air Comet, Bomb threats to flights from Buenos Aires, etc. are red herrings and useless distractions. What I've heard about the ACARS messages isn't much more helpful and won't be until the actual messages themselves are made public.

Let's all step back a bit and respect the memory of those aboard by refraining from posting "information" that is unverified, or irrelevent, or misleading, etc.

Q.

ps: Those of you are posting relevant, verifiable, germane facts: I thank you.

Will Fraser 4th Jun 2009 17:30

For obvious reasons, and regrettably, principals in the accident are demonstrating a predictable bent. From the instant "Lightning" (AF) to "incorrect penetration AS", (neither of which are remotely demonstrable at this time) it seems that there is an effort to drop the responsibility anywhere but with the a/c, or the line. Nothing is more apparent than the "massaging" of the public's "opinion". It is disgusting.

Just wondering 4th Jun 2009 17:31

ETOPS
 
No Captain is going to go through thunderstorms to stay within a theory based planning stage paperwork excercise calculation.

Gergely Varju 4th Jun 2009 17:32

Will Fraser: I know well, that it is essential to examine multiple theories, but in this case we not only have an "order of messages", but we also have information about when the messages were received.

And while investigating many possibilities are important the key is, if one theory can't explain some facts, the theory should be adjusted, and if it cannot be adjusted to match the known facts, the theory can be droped.

This is why I think incing, software problems, etc. can be discussed but bombs are unlikely.

Not only because lack of threat, lack of organizations taking responsibility, but also because all the security present at airports, etc.

M.Mouse 4th Jun 2009 17:36

Well said PJ2, I have never read so much endlessly repeated utter drivel.

Anyone would think that the ITCZ, large and active Cbs and the ability to fly an aeroplane safely were all new!

We don't know what happened and no amount of endless fantasising here will hasten the eventual discovery of what caused the tragedy.

M.Mouse.

(Current widebody longhaul captain)

Misterredmist 4th Jun 2009 17:40

Just a point about these sequential "ACARS" reports - if the aircraft
was in fact terminally damaged or breaking up, would'nt the computer
systems automatically "report" all sorts of breakdowns, simultaneously,
and yet, these immediate transmission could have been received over
a longer time period by the Paris base due to conditions at the time
and the fact that atmospheric conditions can and do interfere with
such radio transmissions ?

22 Degree Halo 4th Jun 2009 17:42


The 00:00 UTC rawinsonde report from Fernando de Noronha, Brazil (below) indicated that the tropical tropopause level was probably located near the 100 hPa pressure level (at a height of 16,649 meters, or 54,623 feet), where the minimum temperature was -77.7 C. The presence of cloud top IR brightness temperatures colder than -80 C on the METEOSAT-9 imagery suggests that many of the strongest thunderstorm updrafts were penetrating the tropopause and such overshooting thunderstorm updrafts have been known to initiate strong gravity waves aloft that have generated moderate to severe turbulence.
http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog..._SBFN_RAOB.GIF

CIMSS Satellite Blog Blog Archive Air France Flight #447: did weather play a role in the accident?

DC-ATE 4th Jun 2009 18:12

Just wondering -

No Captain is going to go through thunderstorms to stay within a theory based planning stage paperwork excercise calculation.
You simply do not know that.

ribt4t 4th Jun 2009 18:25


Just a point about these sequential "ACARS" reports - if the aircraft
was in fact terminally damaged or breaking up, would'nt the computer
systems automatically "report" all sorts of breakdowns, simultaneously,
and yet, these immediate transmission could have been received over
a longer time period by the Paris base due to conditions at the time
and the fact that atmospheric conditions can and do interfere with
such radio transmissions ?
I'm not a pilot but more of a computer / communications person. Wouldn't the reports include a time stamp of when the failure occurred ?

bbrown1664 4th Jun 2009 18:26

There are a lot of theory's and one of them at least is likely to be correct. One that keeps getting dismissed too quickly is the b word. People keep saying the the Argentina incident a few days before is not linked and therefore not relevant. Is that true? Was the same airframe involved?

Either way nobody knows what happend yet as the CVR and FDR have yet to be located and the wreckage has only just started to be picked up for examination. Lets hope they find the cause of this loss soon to help all of us (and you) understaand if this was just a terrible acccident or something that could have easily been avoided.

barrymung 4th Jun 2009 18:29

It has been stated that one "expert" said that there could not have been an explosion on board due to unburned patches of kerosine on the sea. Yet eye witness reports from pilots suggest that there was a "bright flash" and around six burning objects falling through the sky, which suggests some sort of explosion.

Either the "expert" is wrong or the pilots who witnessed the event were wrong.

Frankie_B 4th Jun 2009 18:30

It is my understanding (based on an A320 and an assumption that the A330 architecture is similar) that a loss of one or all ADIRUs does not lead to the failure of the FCC [Flight Control Computers]. If there is no information from the ADIRUs or it is invalid, the FCCs switch to Direct Law. Therefore, it is unclear why PRIM and SEC failures were indicated if ADIRU failed.

The Emergency Electrical Configuration theory also looks sketchy to me. ACARS/SATCOM was operational at the time of the failures, and as far as I know they are supplied through the AC1 bus (which will have to be lost to get to EMER ELEC).

barrymung 4th Jun 2009 18:33

QUOTE: "There are a lot of theory's and one of them at least is likely to be correct. One that keeps getting dismissed too quickly is the b word."

I personally don't buy into the bomb theory. The possibilty of their being a bomb on board and the plane encountering abnormal adverse weather conditions at the same time is streching things a bit far.

Surely it's far more likely that the weather started a chain of events that brought the plane down?

bbrown1664 4th Jun 2009 18:39


I personally don't buy into the bomb theory. The possibilty of their being a bomb on board and the plane encountering abnormal adverse weather conditions at the same time is streching things a bit far.

Surely it's far more likely that the weather started a chain of events that brought the plane down?
I like many others agree with this. The questions do remain valid though. Were teh two events linked by the fact that the same airframe was involved?

Lost in Saigon 4th Jun 2009 18:46


Originally Posted by barrymung (Post 4974586)
It has been stated that one "expert" said that there could not have been an explosion on board due to unburned patches of kerosine on the sea. Yet eye witness reports from pilots suggest that there was a "bright flash" and around six burning objects falling through the sky, which suggests some sort of explosion.

Either the "expert" is wrong or the pilots who witnessed the event were wrong.


The Pilots were wrong. They were over 2,000km from the AF flight. They probably saw a large meteor. They did not see AF447.

See this post: http://www.pprune.org/4974157-post912.html

overthewing 4th Jun 2009 18:51


Yet eye witness reports from pilots suggest that there was a "bright flash" and around six burning objects falling through the sky, which suggests some sort of explosion.
A mistranslation, anyway, later corrected to state that the object fell for six seconds.

TripleBravo 4th Jun 2009 18:58


Either the "expert" is wrong or the pilots who witnessed the event were wrong.
Both are wrong. The "witness" would have been able to see around the earth curvature, as has been stated several times here.

And the "expert" with the kerosene ruling out a fire on board is wrong as well with his conclusion: If he would be an expert, he would know that there are several tanks on board. Burning the one would not automatically imply the others would burn as well. They sure can get to the surface in one piece, breaking there at impact.

I personally do not believe in an on-board fire or explosion as well, but the way of conclusion above is downright wrong.

"Experts" and witnesses... :ugh:

Danny 4th Jun 2009 19:09

Thread closed due to no attribution and uninformed speculation
 
This thread is now closed. The main reason being one of too many uninformed speculators relying on unattributed media quotes which are so far beyond the realms of anything sensible that it just makes the posters look as stupid and ignorant as the media themselves.

I have taken the liberty of quoting a recent post by P2J which emphasises what I am trying to get across. I have highlighted it in a feeble attempt to get those incessant posters who obviously haven't read the whole thread and in particular, those who are relying on sources other than faactual and authoratitive ones.


With the exception of a few contributions by those who actually know their stuff and who are recognized as such by others who know their stuff, this statement summarizes the serious shortcomings of this entire thread.

We have "stories" being quoted about speed control, stalling an Airbus, going 'too fast', going 'too slow', getting bombed ad nauseum, with absolutely no basis in fact, "no attribution" as one poster honestly states and no documentation.

All we have are "layman's terms" everywhere, which are not only disrespectful to a general audience but which do great violence to real understanding and comprehension of the airplane, the environment it was operating in and what the crew did and did not do.

We've seen this all before. Decades ago, Randy Sohn on AVSIG very pointedly used to ask the question all the time: "Does anybody actually read the thread?", or are they just interested in hearing the noise of their own voice?

In the eight pages growth while I slept, there is precisely nothing new or even interesting; what I read is manufactured, regurgitated (because someone was too lazy to read the thread - the Vazquez presentation is cited at least five times) or picked out of thin air.

The thread is bulging with explanations to the newly-curious about why in many cases their wild notions about what happened are wrong.

I'm not saying "wait for the report". I'm not that naive and I think informed speculation is a good learning exercise. But for the newbies and others who talk and never listen/read, please - respect what has happened and think before you write. This thread is a deep embarrassment.

No doubt a new thread will spring to life within minutes of this post. However, be aware that from now on, any posts with content that is considered by the moderators to be based on un-attributed sources or more importantly theories from anyone without a proper understanding of LH, heavy metal flying will be deleted and the poster banned from the thread for future posting. We will decide on who has a realistic understanding of those criteria by reading what is posted and using our own experience as current airline pilots and crew who do LH flying on heavy metal.

If you don't sound right then you will be toast. Hopefully that will lower our workload and stop this incessant theorising by people who only know what they read and hear in the media.

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