The French accident investigation team, the BEA, has reached out to its U.S. counterparts for assistance in trying to sort out what happened to Air France flight 447.
Bill English will serve as the designated senior air safety investigator assigned to assist the BEA, says National Transport Safety Board’s acting chairman Mark V. Rosenker.
France is in charge of the investigation because the Airbus A330-200 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris was in international air space at the time of the accident and the aircraft is registered in France as F-GZCP. All 228 onboard are presumed dead.
Accident investigators frequently reach out to others to try to solve the riddle that many accidents represent. The BEA itself has a team of 20 working on the crash, divided into four teams.
Meanwhile, Brazil also is receiving assistance from others in trying to find further debris beyond that already spotted near the islands of St. Peter and St. Paul, around 205 mi. from the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.
Yesterday, aircraft combed a 176,984.37 sq. km area to properly ascertain the debris field. The Brazilian government says isolated wreckage and oil patches were found.
The U.S. is providing a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and France is aiding with a Falcon 50. They augment the R-99 multi-sensor ground-surveillance platform, which was able to operate at night owing to its powerful synthetic aperture radar – which also spotted the first debris field. Three Brazilian C-130s also were involved in the search.