Air France: The airship would have collapsed in only 4 minutes
Some information begins to tell what happened, just before the Airbus A330-200 of Air France was precipitating to the Atlantic Ocean with 228 passengers on board.
The last messages sent from the ship show that it turned out to be wrapped in a series of electrical flaws after crossing an area of strong turbulence.
At least six communications were realized between the plane and the Air France computers between Monday 4.10 am and 4.14 am (five hours less in Brazil).
The letters and the numbers contained in those messages, translated by an employee of Airbus, show that there were flaws at the main computer of the plane, as well as in ‘Air Data Inertial Reference Unit’ (ADIRU), the unit entrusted to report the altitude and vertical speed.
In an organized sequence, the facts were the following ones: at 4 o´clock in the morning, the commander reported the presence of a strong turbulence area over the level of the clouds, as well as electrical thunderstorms and strong winds.
Ten minutes later, at 04.10 am, the automatic pilot was disconnected – volunteer or involuntarily, unknown for the time being – and the first problems arose in the electrical generator.
Two minutes later, another two messages indicated errors in the flight systems and at 4.13 am the alert turned automatically on again in the main system.
Another alert was sent at 4.14 am to inform about the increase of the vertical speed of the A330-200, that according to ‘Journal’ might indicate cabin depressurization or even that the plane was already falling down to the Atlantic Ocean on that moment.
The missing information would be in the black box of the airship. For the time being, the planes that take part in the mission found debris approximately 1.000 kilometers from the Brazilian coasts, like plane seats floating on the water and a metallic piece.
Also they found “a line of fuel of 20 kilometers” in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the spokesmen of the Brazilian Air Force.