One year on, a full explanation of what might have happened has emerged.





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Credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Alder ...
Himself - Airbus Training Pilot (as Captain Martin Alder)
Tony Cable ...
Himself - Former Accident Investigator
Paul W. Comtois ...
Himself - Pilot Training, NASTAR (as Col. Paul W. Comtois)
John Cox ...
Himself - Air Safety Expert (as Captain John Cox)
Jim Wildey ...
Himself - Former Accident Investigator
John K. Williams ...
Himself - Atmospheric Scientist (as Dr. John K. Williams)


The disappearance of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A-330, is one of aviation's biggest mysteries. As investigation teams prepare for their third underwater search for the black-box and other pieces of wreckage in February 2010, it's clear that what we already know about the crash raises important questions about air safety: - How could a plane carrying almost 250 people simply disappear in the age of radar and surveillance? - Without the black boxes, which may never to be found, how can we discover what brought down the jetliner? - How much control does a pilot really have over their aircraft? - Is it time to replace outdated black-boxes with 21st century technology or would the costs outweigh the benefits? The official inquiry into the crash of Flight 447 is not expected to conclude until the end of 2010. Darlow Smithson Productions has assembled its own team of internationally respected aviation experts, pilots and former air-crash investigators to find answers to these important... Written by Darlow Smithson Productions

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French Spitoons
22 October 2011 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

If you know the aircraft business, you will know that you are far less likely to die from a terrorist attack than choosing to fly on an Airbus instead of a Boeing aircraft. The reason? Fundamentally, the cause is that the company is subsidized by the government to support jobs. They can compete on price because of subsidy rather than quality. Further, half is designed by French teams and half by British. I've been present when profound differences in engineering philosophy between Angos and Francs came close to fistfights over design issues.

There is also a fundamental difference between Airbus and all other manufacturers. Everyone else assumes the pilots can fly, and build their cockpits to support the human. Airbus cockpits are built around automated control systems that are presumed to 'know what to do.' The pilots are there to monitor things. But what if the French-English software designers guess wrong?

This documentary focuses on the loss of an Airbus on its way to France. The black boxes have only recently been found. The French investigating agency is careful to avoid pinning blame on Aircraft failure. France is extreme in Europe with the mix of government policy and business protections. But it had been known and widely accepted just a few weeks after the crash that it was caused by windspeed sensors that froze, rendering the computers blind. Confused, they stalled.

I was recommended to this documentary by a reader because it is an fine example of an emerging genre: a matter of simple reporting but cast as a detective. The technique is done well enough here, because they don't pretend to show us (or worse, re-enact) the actual events in the detective story.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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