Flight 447 Victims Found Naked, Most Likely That Plane Broke Up Before Impact

According to an Air France probe (here), it turns out that many of the Air France Flight 447 victims have been found in the Atlantic Ocean with little or no clothing. The theory is that the wind likely caused the removal of their clothes. Combined with the fact that victims’ bodies have been found 53 miles apart, it’s becoming pretty obvious that the Airbus A330-200 plane broke up before hitting the water. Furthermore, nearly all of the victims’ bodies had multiple fractures, and none of them had water in their lungs. That pretty much rules out drowning. Based on the fact that none of the bodies have burn marks on them, a fire or an explosion was most likely not the cause of the crash.

Update (7-2-2009):

  • French: Air France Flight 447 fell intact into sea (Yahoo News)

Brazil Military Finds Bodies of Air France Flight 447 Victims

Location of 2 Flight 447 Victims Found Today in Atlantic Ocean
Location of 2 Flight 447 Victims Found Today in Atlantic Ocean

The Brazil Air Force and Navy have found the bodies of 2 men from the Air France Flight 447. Along with the bodies, the Brazil Air Force and Navy reported recovering a wing fragment from the A330-200 Airbus, a blue aircraft seat, a leather bag containing an Air France ticket, and a backpack containing a vaccination card. For more, check out these articles:

  • Bloomberg.com (link)
  • Blog.SeattlePI.com (link)
  • FoxNews.com (link)
  • News.Yahoo.com (link)
  • USAToday.com (link)

Also, more information was released today about the final minute of Air France Flight AF 447 (source):

The Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic sent out 24 automatic error messages in its final moments as its systems — including the autopilot — shut down, investigators said Saturday.

The director of the French air accident investigation agency, Paul-Louis Arslanian, said that it was impossible to tell from the signals whether the doomed crew had shut off the autopilot or whether it cut out.