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  • Should AF447 Search Continue?
    Posted by Robert Wall 4:13 PM on May 25, 2010

    With another search phase for wreckage of Air France Flight 447 having come to a close today, the question needs to be asked whether it is time to call a halt to the endeavor.
    The French air accident investigation office, the BEA, has now presided over three search phases -- the later having even been extended with the financial backing of Air France and Airbus. But nothing has come of the events.
    Since the initial recovery of debris and bodies in the wake of the June 1, 2009 crash, nothing more has been recovered from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
    With many families grieving, there has been immense political pressure in France to continue the search.
    But can further efforts can be justified? The last round of searches drew on extensive preparation to narrow the area where debris was likely, and drew on various technologies to locate something, but nothing was found.
    That is not good news for Air France, or Airbus, or the victims families, all of whom would probably like a fuller accounting, but unless the BEA can make a solid case on why the search should continue -- and what a new phase could yield that wasn't possible over the past ten months -- it is time to let investigators get on with using the bits of evidence they have and derive their most probably cause finding.

    Tags: tw99, AF447, crash

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