Editor's Log

July 2011 Issue

Game-Changer?

As we put the final touches on this issue, searchers ended their efforts to retrieve bodies and wreckage from Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, which disappeared over the equatorial Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of June 1, 2009. All 228 passengers and crew died in the accident. This May, searchers using deep-sea equipment found the wreckage after three other expeditions failed. They retrieved the all-important cockpit voice and flight data recorders and, amazingly, the information stored in them for almost two years under more than 12,000 feet of water was retrieved.

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